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Blog posts and articles about statistics principles and how they apply to quality improvement methods like Lean and Six Sigma.

My grandfather's writing desk, with a train timetable to plan their next meeting! Have you ever seen your present reflected in an object from the past? This summer I've discovered glimpses of my daily life working with statistical software in words written more than 70 years ago. I’ve been reading through a treasure trove of old love letters that were sent in 1940-41 by my grandfather to my... Continue Reading
The Minitab Fan section of the Minitab blog is your chance to share with our readers! We always love to hear how you are using Minitab products for quality improvement projects, Lean Six Sigma initiatives, research and data analysis, and more. If our software has helped you, please share your Minitab story, too! I started using Minitab Statistical Software almost the same year that I started using... Continue Reading

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The Minitab Fan section of the Minitab blog is your chance to share with our readers! We always love to hear how you are using Minitab products for quality improvement projects, Lean Six Sigma initiatives, research and data analysis, and more. If our software has helped you, please share your Minitab story, too! Yes, I am married to Minitab... In your professional life, you have to be married to... Continue Reading
The Minitab Fan section of the Minitab blog is your chance to share with our readers! We always love to hear how you are using Minitab products for quality improvement projects, Lean Six Sigma initiatives, research and data analysis, and more. If our software has helped you, please share your Minitab story, too! In early 2010, I discovered Minitab through recommendations from friends at the... Continue Reading
In honor of Minitab Statistical Software’s 40th Anniversary, I thought I’d share ten interesting facts about Minitab’s history. I had a lot of fun compiling these! Minitab has several employees that have been here since the very beginning (or close to the very beginning!), and I got a kick out of picking their brains and hearing them share how the software has evolved over the years. 1.  Minitab... Continue Reading
Do you like checking out old yearbooks for photos and to see how the appearance of you or your friends may have changed over the years? In honor of Minitab Statistical Software’s 40th Anniversary, we dug through our own past to see how the "our look"  has changed since 1972. Check out how Minitab software packaging has evolved into what we know today: The very beginning - 1972 The first version of... Continue Reading
The Volkswagen Beetle became the most popular car ever sold. ABBA started recording. HBO became the first subscription cable service. President Nixon launched the space shuttle program. The video game PONG was released. The Godfather won the Oscar for "Best Film." The Dallas Cowboys were Super Bowl VI Champions. The first hand-held scientific calculator was introduced.   And (drum roll) ... Minitab... Continue Reading
Today is the annual Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, so it's a good opportunity to share some stories about successful projects that I've been thankful to learn and write about over the past few years.  I joined Minitab after spending many years as both a freelance and in-house science writer for various organizations and institutions. When I began working at Minitab, I wondered whether... Continue Reading