My role at Minitab is to collaborate with others to reveal the power of quality improvement and data analysis tools in all sorts of communications—from customer stories to help resources. Continue Reading »
shopping. For some, it's the most dreaded household activity. For
others, it's fun, or perhaps just a “necessary evil.”
Personally, I enjoy it! My co-worker, Ginger, a content manager
here at Minitab, opened my eyes to something that made me love
grocery shopping even more: she shared the data behind her family’s
shopping trips. Being something of a data nerd, I really geeked out
over the... Continue Reading
you’re working in Minitab and prepping your data for analysis, it’s
common to group data into categories that imply a specific order,
such as Low, Medium, High or Beginning, Middle, End.
But if the data were to appear in a different order in tables
and graphs (for example, Beginning, End, Middle), the result could
be confusing, and might distract from your message.
Fortunately, with Minitab’s va...Continue Reading
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Want to learn some simple tricks for preparing your graphs for
presentation—specifically, how to add footnotes to your graphs,
display your graphs in one layout, and add objects (shapes, text,
etc.) to make your graphs easier to interpret? Below I’ll share
three tips that can help you get your Minitab graphs
1. Add a footnote to a graph:
If you’re looking to add a footnote while... Continue Reading
we enter late December, snow is falling here on the East Coast of
the United States. The official start to winter is on December 21,
2016, but it’s certainly not uncommon to see snowflakes flying
before this date.
If you live in the U.S., you know the winter of 2015 was one for
the record books. In fact, more than 90 inches of snow fell in
Boston in the winter of 2015! Have you ever wondered how... Continue Reading
week we’re celebrating the annual Thanksgiving holiday in the
United States, which is not only a good time to reflect on the
things we’re grateful for, but it’s also a good time to stuff
yourself with turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and
the usual suspects that find their way to the Thanksgiving
While I’m of course very thankful for my family, friends, home,
etc., I’m also... Continue Reading
October 16–22 is National Healthcare Quality Week, started by
the National Association for Healthcare Quality to increase
awareness of healthcare quality programs and to highlight the work
of healthcare quality professionals and their influence on improved
patient care outcomes.
This event deserves your attention because the quality of
healthcare affects every one of us, and so does the cost of... Continue Reading
We’ve got a plethora of case studies showing how businesses from different
industries solve problems and implement solutions with data
analysis. Take a look for ideas about how you can use data analysis
to ensure excellence at your business!
Boston Scientific, one of the world’s leading developers of
medical devices, is just one organization who has shared their
story. A team at their Heredia,... Continue Reading
If you’re in the market for statistical software, there are many
considerations and more than a few options for you to evaluate.
Check out these seven questions to ask yourself before choosing
statistical software—your answers should help guide you towards the
best solution for your needs!
1. Who uses statistical software in your organization?
Are they expert statisticians, novices, or a mix of both?... Continue Reading
I blogged a few months back about three different Minitab tools
you can use to examine your data over time. Did you know you
that you can also use a simple run chart to display how your
process data changes over time? Of course those “changes” could be
evidence of special-cause variation, which a run chart can help you
What’s special-cause variation, and how’s it different from
common-cause... Continue Reading
last thing you want to do when you purchase a new piece of software
is spend an excessive amount of time getting up and running. You’ve
probably been ready to the use the software since, well,
yesterday. Minitab has always focused on making our
software easy to use, but many professional software packages do
have a steep learning curve.
Whatever package you’re using, here are three things you... Continue Reading
You can use contour plots, 3D scatterplots, and 3D surface plots
in Minitab to view three variables in a single plot. These graphs
are ideal if you want to see how temperature and
humidity affect the drying
time of paint, or how horsepower and tire pressure affect a
vehicle's fuel efficiency, for example. Ultimately, these three
graphs are good choices for helping you to visualize your data
and exa... Continue Reading
Did you know that Minitab provides several tools you can use to
view patterns in data over time? If you want to examine, say,
monthly sales for your company, or even how the number of patients
admitted to your hospital changes throughout the year, then these
tools are for you!
1. Time Series Plot
Time series plots are often used to examine daily, weekly,
seasonal or annual variations, or... Continue Reading
Did you know that March is Women’s History Month? The
celebration was started in the 1980s by the U.S. government to pay
tribute to generations of influential women.
To celebrate, here’s a roundup of just some of the most
influential women in statistics:
While Florence Nightingale is known as the founder of modern
nursing, you might not know that she is also a... Continue Reading
the roots of Lean Six Sigma and other quality improvement
methodologies are in manufacturing, it’s interesting to see how
other organizational functions and industries apply LSS tools
successfully. Quality improvement certainly has moved far beyond
the walls of manufacturing plants!
For example, I recently had the opportunity to talk to Drew
Mohler, a Lean Six Sigma black belt and senior... Continue Reading
bottled water. Refreshing, convenient...and sometimes pricey. Or in
my case, I should say usually pricey. Confession: I’m a
sucker for water that comes in the “pretty” plastic bottles, and my
experience is that the pretty-bottle brands are usually the pricier
ones. Does bottled water cost increase with the fanciness of the
bottle? Well, that could be an analysis for a different day …
My... Continue Reading
to this article published on Food Tank,
over 22 million pounds of food is wasted on college campuses each
year. Now that’s a lot of food waste!
Students all over the country are noticing excessive food waste
at their schools and are starting programs to bring awareness and
improve the problem. Naturally, many of these programs have roots
in Lean Six Sigma. In one example, a group of... Continue Reading
you know that November is World Quality Month? The American Society
for Quality is once again heading up this year’s festivities.
Throughout the month of November, ASQ will be promoting the use
of quality tools in businesses, communities, and institutions all
over the world. You can check it out at http://asq.org/world-quality-month/.
Here at Minitab, we’re also pretty excited about World... Continue Reading
week is National Healthcare Quality Week, started by the National
Association for Healthcare Quality to increase awareness of
healthcare quality programs and to highlight the work of healthcare
quality professionals and their influence on improved patient care
In honor of the celebration, I wanted to point you to a few case
studies featuring Minitab customers in the healthcare field... Continue Reading
previous posts, I discussed the results of a recycling project done
by Six Sigma students at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology last
spring. (If you’re playing catch up, you can read Part I and Part II.)
The students did an awesome job reducing the amount of recycling
that was thrown into the normal trash cans across all of the
institution’s academic buildings. At the end of the spring... Continue Reading
Many things have shocked me since having my first baby back in
August. I didn’t think it was possible to be so tired that it
actually hurt, and I also didn’t think that changing 10+
diapers a day would actually be the norm (or that needing to
perform 10+ outfit changes was even possible, let alone necessary).
I also didn’t think that we’d fall in love so hard with the little
guy. What a wonderful,... Continue Reading
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