Tips and Techniques for Statistics and Quality Improvement

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

Shelby Anderson

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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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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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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Before starting a new project, it is important to have clearly defined goals and guidelines. Without these delineated steps, tasks and deadlines, projects will go in multiple directions instead of staying focused on the end result. Eventually, this will cost valuable time and money.

If you are looking for a way to visualize tasks and keep teams on track during a project, you should use a Gantt chart. Let's learn more...

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Any project requires clear management and leadership. Successful projects don’t just happen. Even with the best of teams, a clear project scope, objectives and roles need to be defined for a team to launch a successful project.

Whether you're new to project management or an old pro, project charters are tremendously helpful to organize projects and keep everyone on track.

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Technology continuously makes our lives easier and allows many of us to stay connected to others and even work remotely during COVID-19. It’s no wonder that companies and instructors everywhere have been revamping education to include digital components in their learning programs. This approach, called blended learning, combines traditional face-to-face training led by expert instructors, with e-learning modules,...

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The healthcare industry has faced enormous challenges in 2020, namely battling the novel coronavirus COVID-19. This industry is made of professionals known for their resiliency, empathy, long hours of hard work and optimism. Given all they do to help others, healthcare workers especially deserve help making their jobs and saving lives easier. One small way Minitab can specifically help them is with value stream...

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What's the last thing you ever want to be in your food? Pathogens. These tiny bacteria, viruses and microorganisms can cause disease and infection for anyone who comes in contact with them. It's especially vital for manufacturers in the food and beverage industry to ensure food safety in their products, so their consumers don't get sick. 

Nothing in life is perfect though; 100% prevention is nearly impossible. If and...

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Here, there, everywhere — it's nearly impossible to escape hearing or seeing news on COVID-19. Not all news is bad though; the human spirit is resilient and efforts are underway all around the globe to find a vaccine. Healthcare systems are being tested like never before. However, in the face of this adversity, many like Adventist HealthCare, are rising to the occasion. 

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We all have our favorite tools, tricks, methods and ways for completing, tracking and improving our work. Personally I'm a visual learner, so I’ve always been drawn to process mapping and flowcharts. 

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