Tips and Techniques for Statistics and Quality Improvement

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

Joshua Zable

Joshua Zable is the chief marketing and strategic planning officer and a member of the Board of Directors for Minitab. Before coming to Minitab, he served as a principal and senior vice president of Black Briar Capital, a private investment firm, and prior to that he was a vice president at Dentsply Sirona, where he held various leadership positions involving marketing, communications, investor relations and strategic planning.
Joshua Zable

You’ve seen them before. You might have even used them. Harvey balls are symbols to visually communicate qualitative information like project status, product features and employee performance. Unfortunately, making the symbols can be time-consuming in different programs. Thankfully, an easy-to-use and versatile Harvey Balls matrix is now available in Minitab Workspace and Companion by Minitab.

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When facing a problem, you've most likely heard the saying "take the bull by the horns." It's often also easier said than done.

COVID-19's economic repercussions have forced businesses worldwide to deal with the phenomenon that occurs in multi-level supply chains where orders at the end of the supply chain, close to the customer, are amplified with each additional supply chain actor. This is called the bullwhip effect.

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When the way the world works is constantly changing now more than ever, demand spikes for certain products (think N95 masks, toilet paper and hand sanitizer) and it dwindles or downright disappears for others (how often did you use the word "non-essential" before the past few weeks?). In this business climate, companies need to act quickly to deal with fluctuations in both supply and demand. 

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Have you ever heard of an Alligator Pear? If not, don't worry. You're not alone! Surprisingly, it's another name for an avocado.

As trendy as avocados have become lately, they have been around and used in popular dishes around the world for hundreds of years. Guacamole, for example, was created by the Aztecs and dates back to some time between the 14th and 16th centuries! As this delicious green dip and other...

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Whether you're drinking beer, cocktails, wine or water, nothing is more frustrating than sitting at a bar waiting for a bartender to take your order. With the price of a drink (especially where I live in New York City!) costing nearly as much as the hourly wage of each bartender, I’ve always wondered why bars consistently have people waiting.

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