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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 »

NASA launched its final space shuttle mission last Friday morning with Atlantis’ last journey to the International Space Station. Do the fiery orange flames lifting the shuttle into the sky remind you of anything on a lean value stream map? I thought they looked strikingly similar to a kaizen burst! So in honor of NASA's last mission, I think the comparison makes for a good opportunity to... Continue Reading
Lean Six Sigma manufacturing techniques exist to eliminate waste in a company’s processes. One area of wasteful behavior can occur in the transportation of materials from one process line to another—at any stage in the product’s development. Even the transportation of raw materials to your factory can be made leaner, but most times this element is out of your company’s control. However, you can... Continue Reading
You probably know that grocery stores have all sorts of tactics to keep you in the store longer—from making you walk all the way to the back of the store to grab a gallon of milk, to stimulating your senses by playing feel-good music and leading you through the bakery with the smell of fresh baked bread.The marketing gurus behind grocery stores theorize that the longer you’re in the store, the... Continue Reading
Everyone loves the soft feel of a cotton t-shirt! Unfortunately, the very properties that make cotton fabric so soft also make it prone to wrinkling and tearing. Researchers from the National Textile University in Faisalabad, Pakistan embarked on a study to predict the best fabric properties for strong, crease-free cotton—and they used Minitab to help. Cloth manufacturing plants strive to create a... Continue Reading
In an earlier post, I focused on using Minitab to present the coupon data I collected from my e-mail inbox into a bar chart. The bar chart made it easy for me to visually analyze which days of the week are better or worse for receiving the best coupons from my favorite retailers. As a reminder, here’s how I ranked each coupon’s worthiness: Not worth your timeOffering average savings (A “noteworthy”... Continue Reading
It’s summer and maybe you’re traveling to Florida’s coast for a beach vacation (or just wishing you were, like I am)! I got the chance to talk to Dr. Henry Briceño from the Southeast Environmental Research Center (SERC) about how he and his team use statistics to monitor Florida’s water quality. The center’s research projects throughout South Florida have provided a basis for management decisions... Continue Reading
I was 'lucky' enough to learn about how Betfair, one of the world's largest online sports betting communities, employs quality improvement in their day-to-day business. Here's a snippet of the case study: Betfair turned to Minitab when a crucial process for helping new customers get started needed improvement. The company invests heavily in different marketing activities, including an outbound... Continue Reading
We recently published a few new case studies featuring the Northern Sydney Central Coast Health Service (NSCCHS) and their commitment to quality improvement. The health service is based in Australia and extends from the Sydney Harbor to the northern reaches of the Central Coast, including a total of 11 different facilities. After the NSCCHS realized the success of a few isolated improvement... Continue Reading
I’m an avid shopper and coupon-clipper. I receive most of my coupons via e-mail and I often wonder what day of the week the best coupons will be e-mailed. In my attempt to live a Lean life, I think finding this out will save me time and prevent me from opening some of the hundreds of promotional e-mails I get each week. Before performing any data analysis in Minitab, I decided to assign the... Continue Reading
No, I’m not talking about meat that contains less fat or really healthy food! I’m talking about the Lean Six Sigma Manufacturing Techniques at work in your favorite fast-food restaurants. I attended an in-house Lean training a few months back taught by Paul Sheehy, one of Minitab’s technical training specialists. Paul explained Lean fundamentals through examples—including just some of the ways... Continue Reading
I was reading an article recently about Jackson Pollock, an abstract artist famous for his “drip paintings,” and I became intrigued when I found out his art falls under the category of “process art.” As I learned more about Pollock and his “process,” I started to think about what he could teach us about process improvement.The process Pollock took to make his artwork was very calculated, hence the... Continue Reading
Because I’m constantly surrounded by Lean Six Sigma methodology, value stream mapping, and endless bounds of quality tools, I can’t help but bring these ways of thinking into my everyday life. Gas is expensive! I’m always thinking of ways to streamline my trips when I run errands. While I would love to go to Starbucks and have my iced coffee to enjoy while I go from place-to-place—it is... Continue Reading