Tips and Techniques for Statistics and Quality Improvement

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

It's that time of year again for holiday bakers and cookie monsters to unite over lots of delicious treats (and we definitely deserve them after this very long year)! 

So what’s a baker with quality on their mind to do when their favorite sugar cookie recipe made cookies that failed to hold their festive holiday shape after being baked? Run a Design of Experiment (DOE), of course!

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The heatmap is one of the hot new visualizations that were recently introduced in the latest Minitab Statistical Software. Heatmaps can help you visualize the impact of many categories on a numeric value and are an excellent choice for seeing details when dealing with larger datasets.

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In what may feel like the longest year ever, 2020 is finally coming to a close.

If you are looking ahead to 2021, brainstorming and project planning tools are some of the best ways to visualize ideas and organize information as you look to the future and decide what new projects to tackle and problems to solve.

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In a webinar now available on demand, I share tricks for Classification and Regression Trees (CART) in Minitab Statistical Software. We explore CART results, set penalties for certain data conditions, and discuss best practices for working with your results. Today, I thought I’d give you a taste of what you can expect. 

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Think about the last time you flew on an airplane. How was that experience? Most people can probably think of a couple aspects that affected their past flights, both positively and negatively, and ultimately shaped their satisfaction.

When it comes to air travel, passenger satisfaction is a key metric for airlines. Just knowing your passengers are satisfied is good, but knowing why they are satisfied is even better....

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Imagine your new car breaks down after driving 60 miles. The engine light turns on and your vehicle must now be towed to be serviced. This is not only a warranty issue but also a field problem due to lack of product reliability.

Reliability is defined as the quality of a product over time and statistically speaking it is the probability of a product not to fail during a defined period of time.

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Business around the globe has changed immensely over the past year. Organizations continue to rethink their strategies and become more digital in nature. Accelerating and maintaining this digital transformation, however is key.

According to McKinsey & Company, only 14 percent of companies launching digital transformations have seen sustained and material performance improvements1. So how do savvy businesses and...

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Whether you're an analyst, a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, a researcher, a statistics student or all of the above, at some point you will need to work with data that involve either dates, times, or both. Do you know where all of your date/time tools are? Let’s take a quick trip through Minitab Statistical Software and see what it has to offer for date/time data:

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Earlier this year, as I was thinking about all the improvement projects on my needs and wants list, I was unsure where to start. Which projects should be tackled first? Did I capture everything in my potential projects list? And once I decide which projects to schedule, how can I keep on track and visualize progress?

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A staple in project management, RACI charts help team members understand their roles for project deliverables – breaking down in each step who is Responsible, Accountable, Consulted and Informed. When you articulate those four levels of input and decision-making ability and assign them to different team members at the start of a project, it can help everyone execute projects more smoothly.

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