My role at Minitab is to collaborate with others to reveal the power of quality improvement and data analysis tools in all sorts of communications—from customer stories to help resources. Continue Reading »
last thing you want to do when you purchase a new piece of software
is spend an excessive amount of time getting up and running. You’ve
probably been ready to the use the software since, well,
yesterday. Minitab has always focused on making our
software easy to use, but many professional software packages do
have a steep learning curve.
Whatever package you’re using, here are three things you... Continue Reading
You can use contour plots, 3D scatterplots, and 3D surface plots
in Minitab to view three variables in a single plot. These graphs
are ideal if you want to see how temperature and
humidity affect the drying
time of paint, or how horsepower and tire pressure affect a
vehicle's fuel efficiency, for example. Ultimately, these three
graphs are good choices for helping you to visualize your data
and exa... Continue Reading
Did you know that Minitab provides several tools you can use to
view patterns in data over time? If you want to examine, say,
monthly sales for your company, or even how the number of patients
admitted to your hospital changes throughout the year, then these
tools are for you!
1. Time Series Plot
Time series plots are often used to examine daily, weekly,
seasonal or annual variations, or... Continue Reading
Did you know that March is Women’s History Month? The
celebration was started in the 1980s by the U.S. government to pay
tribute to generations of influential women.
To celebrate, here’s a roundup of just some of the most
influential women in statistics:
While Florence Nightingale is known as the founder of modern
nursing, you might not know that she is also a... Continue Reading
the roots of Lean Six Sigma and other quality improvement
methodologies are in manufacturing, it’s interesting to see how
other organizational functions and industries apply LSS tools
successfully. Quality improvement certainly has moved far beyond
the walls of manufacturing plants!
For example, I recently had the opportunity to talk to Drew
Mohler, a Lean Six Sigma black belt and senior... Continue Reading
bottled water. Refreshing, convenient...and sometimes pricey. Or in
my case, I should say usually pricey. Confession: I’m a
sucker for water that comes in the “pretty” plastic bottles, and my
experience is that the pretty-bottle brands are usually the pricier
ones. Does bottled water cost increase with the fanciness of the
bottle? Well, that could be an analysis for a different day …
My... Continue Reading
to this article published on Food Tank,
over 22 million pounds of food is wasted on college campuses each
year. Now that’s a lot of food waste!
Students all over the country are noticing excessive food waste
at their schools and are starting programs to bring awareness and
improve the problem. Naturally, many of these programs have roots
in Lean Six Sigma. In one example, a group of... Continue Reading
you know that November is World Quality Month? The American Society
for Quality is once again heading up this year’s festivities.
Throughout the month of November, ASQ will be promoting the use
of quality tools in businesses, communities, and institutions all
over the world. You can check it out at http://asq.org/world-quality-month/.
Here at Minitab, we’re also pretty excited about World... Continue Reading
week is National Healthcare Quality Week, started by the National
Association for Healthcare Quality to increase awareness of
healthcare quality programs and to highlight the work of healthcare
quality professionals and their influence on improved patient care
In honor of the celebration, I wanted to point you to a few case
studies featuring Minitab customers in the healthcare field... Continue Reading
previous posts, I discussed the results of a recycling project done
by Six Sigma students at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology last
spring. (If you’re playing catch up, you can read Part I and Part II.)
The students did an awesome job reducing the amount of recycling
that was thrown into the normal trash cans across all of the
institution’s academic buildings. At the end of the spring... Continue Reading
Many things have shocked me since having my first baby back in
August. I didn’t think it was possible to be so tired that it
actually hurt, and I also didn’t think that changing 10+
diapers a day would actually be the norm (or that needing to
perform 10+ outfit changes was even possible, let alone necessary).
I also didn’t think that we’d fall in love so hard with the little
guy. What a wonderful,... Continue Reading
I left off last with a
post outlining how the Six Sigma students at
Rose-Hulman were working on a project to reduce the amount of
recycling thrown in the normal trash cans in all of the academic
buildings at the institution.
Using the DMAIC methodology for completing improvement
projects, they had already defined the problem at hand: how could
the amount of recycling that’s thrown in the normal trash... Continue Reading
I caught the end of Toy Story over the weekend, which is
definitely one of my all-time favorite children’s movies.
Now—unfortunately or fortunately—I can’t get Randy Newman's theme
song,“You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” out of my head!
It's also got me thinking about the nature of friendship, and
how "best friends forever" are supposed to always be there when you
need them. And, not to get too maudlin... Continue Reading
Christi Health, the largest provider of healthcare in Kansas,
operates a Center for Clinical Excellence that's made up of a team
of quality practitioners, all who have Lean and Six Sigma training.
I recently had the opportunity to talk with the team about the
types of projects they're working on.
I learned not only about the areas of patient care where they
are targeting improvements, but about... Continue Reading
Did you know that this year the American Statistical Association
(ASA) is celebrating its 175th anniversary? That’s a
pretty significant birthday!
On the ASA’s 175thanniversary
webpage, they publish blog posts periodically that cover ASA
happenings, such as anniversary events and celebrations, as well as
interesting tidbits about the organization. Recently, they
published a post covering the... Continue Reading
The Six Sigma students at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
are at it again! A few months back, we blogged about the Six Sigma
project they did to reduce food waste at the on-campus dining
time, the students—lead by Dr. Diane Evans, Six Sigma black belt
and associate professor of mathematics at Rose-Hulman—are
performing a Lean Six Sigma project to reduce the amount of
recycling... Continue Reading
It's all too easy to make mistakes involving statistics.
Powerful statistical software can remove a lot of the difficulty
surrounding statistical calculation, reducing the risk of
mathematical errors—but correctly interpreting the results of
an analysis can be even more challenging.
No one knows that better than Minitab's technical trainers. All of our trainers
are seasoned statisticians with... Continue Reading
of my close friends and family members are nurses, and I’ve noticed
(via Facebook of course) that many recently celebrated National
Nurses’ Week, which ran Tuesday, May 6 through Monday, May 12—the
actual birthday of Florence Nightingale.
Florence Nightingale is known as the founder of modern nursing,
but you might not know that she is also a celebrated statistician.
When I started reading... Continue Reading
I wrote a post a few years back on the difficulties that
can ensue when you’re just trying to get started on your Lean Six
Sigma or quality improvement initiative. It can become especially
difficult when you have many potential projects staring at you, but
you aren’t quite sure which one will give you the most bang for
A project prioritization matrix can be a good
place to start when you... Continue Reading
common to think that process improvement initiatives are meant to
cater only to manufacturing processes, simply because manufacturing
is where Lean and Six Sigma began. However, many other industries,
in particular financial services and banking, also rely on data
analysis and Lean Six Sigma tools to improve processes.
Rod Toro is a business process improvement manager at Edward
Jones, and I... Continue Reading
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