Tips and Techniques for Statistics and Quality Improvement

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

Here are some of the cute dogs in our Minitab team; pictured above from left to right is Archer, Jake, Archie, Reed, Petey and Rookie. Picture below is Birdie and King.It's Valentine's Day! Whether you're single, in a relationship, married, or something in between, Valentine's Day is a day to celebrate and share messages of affection and love with partners, family, friends and pets. And with the average for spending...

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Histograms are great for summarizing several statistics. But whether you have enabled the Data Analysis Toolpak or you’re forging a path of formulas (COUNTIFs, AVERAGEs and STDEVs oh my!), creating a histogram in Excel isn’t always that great. We have developed Minitab Statistical Software to be your go-to histogram maker.

Let’s look at three ways you can do more with histograms in Minitab.

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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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Operational excellence and continuous improvement are critical to organizational success now more than ever. And one of the biggest challenges is getting buy-in from the top. Without validation and reinforcement it’s difficult for initiatives to be taken seriously. Why are key stakeholders holding out? Check out our infographic to learn more.

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Only 30 percent of performance improvement initiatives succeed. So why do these initiatives fail so frequently? Research reveals the #1 reason is lack of management support. Surveys of C-level executives by the Economist Intelligence Unit concur — they say lack of leadership buy-in and support can stop the success of many strategic initiatives. 

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Why do so many improvement programs ultimately end up on the chopping block? Company leaders often sponsor these efforts in the first place, so what happens between the day a deployment kicks off with the C-suite's enthusiastic support and the day the plug is pulled?

Even projects that result in marked improvements often fail to make an impression on decision-makers.

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Were you one of the 300+ lucky practitioners, data analysts, statisticians, improvement advisers, program managers, engineers, clinical directors, coordinators and quality professionals who attended the 2019 Minitab Insights Global Conference this past fall? 

Don’t worry if you were unable to join — with the help of our expert Jenn Atlas, we’ve rounded up the 5 Key Challenges and Learnings you need to know.

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As the vice president of quality for a $1.5 billion-dollar industrial corporation, Hermann Miskelly is responsible for leading its continuous improvement effort. Now in his 10th year of a Lean Six Sigma deployment, he has overseen the execution of more than 4,000 major improvement projects and another 6,000 small improvement projects. Here are three key insights he shared about managing continuous improvement...

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With Minitab Statistical Software, you have an easy-to-use interface and all the tools at your fingertips to quickly analyze data and make decisions on your most challenging business problems ... but where do you start if you have never used it before?

It can be daunting without a proper introduction.

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Organizations take on countless projects in the name of process improvement. Whether reducing defects or ensuring call centers are best equipped to solve issues, they’re ultimately looking to meet customers’ needs and help their business succeed. But with limited time and resources, they can only turn so many ideas into fully fledged projects. That’s where project steering committees come in.

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