Carly Barry

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 »

I recently got a request from one of our Facebook fans to do a post about orthogonal regression, which I admit is not a subject I’m very familiar with. However, with a little help from Minitab’s help resources and by consulting a few Minitab experts, I think I came up with a post that will be useful. I thought it would help to discuss orthogonal regression with an example, but first... What the... Continue Reading
Have you ever finished collecting data and wondered what you should do next? I’ve found that graphing data right away can give valuable insight and direction. Individual value plots in Minitab can help you view important features of your data, find any miscoded values, and identify unusual causes. Here are three ways individual value plots can you help you to set the appropriate course for your... Continue Reading


Smarter Process Improvement

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If you’re looking to save some time while using Minitab Statistical Software, check out these tips for setting default options. What Are the Options in My Statistical Software? Options are default Minitab settings that you use each time that you create a graph or conduct an analysis. Some options are global in nature (What color would you like your graphs to be?), while others pertain only to... Continue Reading
In previous blog posts, I wrote about quality professional Bill Howell’s diabetes diagnosis and how he managed his disease with Lean Six Sigma. Bill wrote a book, called I Took Control: Effective Actions for a Diabetes Diagnosis, and later when I spoke with him personally, he mentioned the importance of Hemoglobin HbA1c in diagnosing diabetes and how informative this single blood component can be. W... Continue Reading
Have you shopped online to buy gifts this holiday season? With Cyber Monday (the Monday following Black Friday) offering shoppers free shipping and other great discounts for buying online, it’s hard not to take advantage of virtual deals. I find myself purchasing more and more of my Christmas list online every year, and after comScore’s recent release of this year’s online holiday spending... Continue Reading
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – the time for holiday bakers and cookie monsters to unite! So what’s a quality improvement professional to do when his favorite sugar cookie recipe produced cookies that failed to hold their festive holiday shapes after being baked? Run a Design of Experiment (DOE), of course! A Fractional Factorial Experiment Bill Howell, an avid baker and... Continue Reading
Have you ever collected data, and then when it comes time to analyze it, you wish you would have measured in different units, or combined date or time data into one column instead of several? You probably know that Minitab’s Calculator (Calc > Calculator) is useful for performing arithmetic operations, such as dividing a column of data to give you radiuses rather than diameters, and subtracting... Continue Reading
We recently got the chance to talk with Margaret Donohue, a quality engineer in the consumer products services division at Bureau Veritas in Buffalo, N.Y. In her role, Margaret works with the Quality Manager to support the Bureau Veritas staff in a variety of tasks – including auditing, problem solving, and process improvement initiatives. We’re always excited to hear more about the jobs of... Continue Reading
After you’ve done the work to analyze your data in statistical software such as Minitab, it’s likely that you’ll want to organize your output and results into a presentation for colleagues or clients. You want your presentation to look great, so check out these tips below for ensuring your graphs look as good in your presentations as they look in the software: 1. Sizing Minitab Graphs for Presentatio... Continue Reading
It’s 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 industry segments, such as healthcare and banking, also rely on data analysis and Lean Six Sigma tools to improve processes (even if those processes are more service-based). For example, it’s increasingly... Continue Reading
I received a comment on my last post from Robb Richardson, a business process professional in the financial services industry who is also a Type 2 Diabetic. In the comments, Robb mentioned that like Bill Howell, he too uses Minitab to analyze a variety of data relating to his diabetes diagnosis. When I followed-up with him to learn more, he told me our diabetes post prompted him to send an email to... Continue Reading
Do you celebrate Thanksgiving or other major holidays at work? Maybe you have a potluck lunch a few days before the actual event, with your department or team? At Minitab Inc. we celebrate Turkey Day with our annual “Minitab Thanksgiving” potluck lunch. But this just isn’t any old potluck—it’s like a potluck lunch on steroids! Employees volunteer weeks in advance to the plan the event, which needs... Continue Reading
We got the opportunity a few weeks back to sit in on one of the preliminary round judging events that make up ASQ’s International Team Excellence Award Process (ITEA). I wrote about the ITEA in a previous post, but the process is an annual event that celebrates the accomplishments of quality improvement teams from a broad spectrum of industries. Estonand I traveled to Charlotte, N.C., to attend... Continue Reading
In my last post, I discussed how quality professional Bill Howell chose to manage his diabetes diagnosis by treating it as a Six Sigma project. Since a key metric in controlling his disease was keeping his blood glucose levels below 125 mg/dL, he tested his blood using a meter three times per day and then charted his data to see how his levels changed over time. He ensured his measurement systems... Continue Reading
According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 26 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes, and another 79 million Americans are at risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes is the most common form of the disease, and it occurs when either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is important because it allows the body to use... Continue Reading
The start of World Quality Month is just a few days away, and Minitab is excited to celebrate this year's event with quality professionals worldwide! What is World Quality Month? World Quality Month is an annual celebration of the world’s commitment to quality tools, techniques and continuous improvement systems. Now in its third year, the celebration provides a platform for acknowledging the... Continue Reading
This is National Healthcare Quality Week, started by the National Association for Healthcare Quality to increase awareness of healthcare quality programs and the individuals who implement them. In honor of the celebration, I wanted to point you to a few quality tools in Minitab Statistical Software that were added specifically for use in the healthcare industry – the G and T Charts. These charts... Continue Reading
One of our Facebook followers recently wrote to us about his frustration with Pareto charts. He was confused about creating them in Minitab—especially navigating the dialogue boxes. I wanted to craft this blog post for him, but I was also thinking of an interesting way to make Pareto charts a little more fun for everyone. Enter the Power Rangers! I grew up in the ‘90s when Power Rangers were all... Continue Reading
Below you’ll find some of our favorite lesser-known features in Minitab that can save time and effort when you’re analyzing data. In fact, when members of our sales team demonstrate these shortcuts and tools at tradeshows and events, they've found that even many longtime users weren’t aware of some of them! Take a look at these “hidden” helpers in Minitab: 1. Return and Repeat If you need to modify... Continue Reading
Did you know that tomorrow is World Rabies Day? It’s a day to highlight the impact of human and animal rabies and promote how to stop the disease by combating it in animals first. I found it surprising to learn that more than 55,000 people, mostly in Africa and Asia, die from rabies every year. The global source of most rabies cases in humans is from uncontrolled rabies in dogs, which is spread to... Continue Reading