Tips and Techniques for Statistics and Quality Improvement

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

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Getting your data from Excel into Minitab Statistical Software for analysis is easy, especially if you keep the following tips in mind.

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Spring is in the air, and Easter is coming up soon! Easter occurs relatively late this year, on April 21. Some years it seems early and some it seems late. So I started wondering about the distribution of Easter dates. Which dates are more common and which are less common? 

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Choosing the correct linear regression model can be difficult. Trying to model it with only a sample doesn’t make it any easier. In this post, we'll review some common statistical methods for selecting models, complications you may face, and provide some practical advice for choosing the best regression model.

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How do you plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year? Maybe it will involve buying a gift for your sweetheart, or perhaps a special dinner out? Well if you are participating, you might find it easier to get a table at a nice restaurant. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), fewer consumers are celebrating Valentine’s Day in 2019 but those who do are planning to spend more.

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Although a polar vortex hit most of the northern United States last week, thousands of visitors did converge on Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania this past Saturday to see if their famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil would see his shadow.

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Value stream mapping is a cornerstone of the Lean process improvement methodology, and also is a recognized tool used in Six Sigma. A value stream map illustrates the flow of materials and information as a product or service moves through a process. Creating a “current state” value stream map can help you identify waste and also makes it easier to envision an improved state for process in the future.

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The abbreviation FMEA is short for Failure Modes and Effects Analysis. It's a tool that helps you look very carefully and systematically at exactly how and why things can go wrong, so you can do your best to prevent that from happening.

 

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Process validation is vital to the success of companies that manufacture pharmaceutical drugs, vaccines, test kits and a variety of other biological products for people and animals. According to FDA guidelines, process validation is “the collection and evaluation of data, from the process design state through commercial production, which establishes scientific evidence that a process is capable of consistently...

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Healthcare has many data-rich opportunities which can be used to improve cycle times, customer satisfaction scores, wait times, capacity/throughput, and inventory. In honor of Healthcare Quality Week October 21-27, 2018, National Quality Month in the US in October and World Quality Month in November, we wanted to share this helpful how-to on value stream mapping, or VSM. Value stream mapping can help you map,...

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You might be thinking, six weeks and you’re still not telling us what happened? When you are solving a manufacturing or development problem you might hear the same thing from your leadership – when will we get the results?

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