How I Came to Grips with Statistics in Manufacturing
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Growing up, I had little or no interest in math. In Africa we had little or no manufacturing; therefore, I had no idea about manufacturing processes, quality improvement, and so on. There was nothing there to motivate me play with numbers. I used to be terrified to see charts and numbers because I was not familiar with the statistical tools and metrologies used to achieve results.
About 12 years ago, one of my supervisors recommended that I should attend Six Sigma training classes and help manufacturing with quality improvement. It was a very scary moment for me. I was a college graduate with no math understanding, sitting with so many high -evel statisticians. It was frightening.
Shortly after my Six Sigma training I was given a laptop computer and Minitab Statistical Software. Slowly but surely I began applying Minitab's tools and functions to my work. Because, Minitab is simple, yet powerful, I had an incentive to build on my understanding of the tool, to go further and learn more about the practical application of it. Today, I could humbly say that I have a good understanding on the application, tools, and its impact on quality improvements.
Minitab gave me the tools to understand the manufacturing process better and more completely.
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the visionaries and developers who created Minitab, and your partners around the world. Thank you.
Six Sigma Black Belt
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