Tips and Techniques for Statistics and Quality Improvement

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

The skills to understand and work with data — and make educated decisions based on it — are in demand and they are not going away anytime soon. Let's take a look at some new directions we've seen in the workforce over the last few years, as well as how executives are treating upskilling their teams as a top priority.
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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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Master Black Belt in Six Sigma for Molex, Deirdre Hynes, spoke at the Minitab Insights event in Dublin, with Rolls Royce and Hitachi. Read how a new transformation program helped Molex to 10x improvements and watch highlights from the event.

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Great stories others want to hear. Common challenges we have all faced before (or might even be facing right now). Discovering new tools in Minitab software as shared by peers. Engaging walkthroughs of finding insights in your data, and recommendations on how to act on them. All packed into a few days of learning and fun.

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Definitive Screening Designs (DSDs) are a new class of Designs of Experiments (DoE) that have generated a lot of interest for product and process optimization. They are available in Minitab Statistical Software.

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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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You now often see “Machine Learning” appearing along with “Big Data”, “AI” or “Internet of Things” in the discussion of the digital transformation of business.

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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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