Tips and Techniques for Statistics and Quality Improvement

Blog posts and articles about using Minitab software in quality improvement projects, research, and more.

Rafael Villa is a chemical engineer working as a Research and Development leader in the home care division of a company in Peru. His company that manufactures a vast range of consumer package goods and B2B products ranging from food items, such as cereal and candies, to cleaning supplies and home good items. Focusing on the design, formulation and optimization of consumer products, his R&D career has spanned multiple...

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In our continuing effort to use experimental design to understand how to drive the golf ball the farthest off the tee, we have decided each golfer will perform half the possible combinations of high and low settings for each factor. But how many times should each golfer replicate their runs to produce a complete data set?

 

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As the vice president of quality for a $1.5 billion-dollar industrial corporation, Hermann Miskelly is responsible for leading its continuous improvement effort. Now in his 10th year of a Lean Six Sigma deployment, he has overseen the execution of more than 4,000 major improvement projects and another 6,000 small improvement projects. Here are three key insights he shared about managing continuous improvement...

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Minitab’s R&D department uses modern design principles, including a user-centered design approach – adopting the Neilsen Norman Group’s (NN/g) methods and processes. NN/g is the world’s leader in all things usability. Hoa Loranger, their vice president, summarized their philosophy best: “UX without users Isn't UX.”

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It's a very exciting time at Minitab's offices around the world because we've just announced the availability of Minitab® 18 Statistical Software.

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For the majority of my career, I've had the opportunity to speak at conferences and other events somewhat regularly. I thought some of my talks were pretty good, and some were not so good (based on ratings, my audiences didn't always agree with either—but that's a topic for another post). But I would guess that well over 90% of the time, my proposals were accepted to be presented at the conference, so even though I...

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One of the most memorable presentations at the inaugural Minitab Insights conference reminded me that data analysis and quality improvement methods aren't only useful in our work and businesses: they can make our home life better, too. 

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At the inaugural Minitab Insights Conference in September, presenters Benjamin Turcan and Jennifer Berner discussed how to present data effectively. Among the considerations they discussed was choosing the right graph.

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No matter how experienced you are at analyzing data, communicating about your results can be a tremendous challenge. So it's not surprising that "Effectively Reporting Your Data Analysis" was one of the best-attended sessions at the inaugural Minitab Insights Conference last month. 

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We hosted our first-ever Minitab Insights conference in September, and if you were among the attendees, you already know the caliber of the speakers and the value of the information they shared. Experts from a wide range of industries offered a lot of great lessons about how they use data analysis to improve business practices and solve a variety of problems.

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