State College, Pa. (PRWEB) October 23, 2012
Minitab, the leading provider of software for quality improvement, is offering a free online training session on using fishbone diagrams to facilitate structured brainstorming for Lean Six Sigma projects. The hour-long training session will be held on October 30, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EDT (GMT-4:00). Registration is free at http://www.minitab.com/training/web-events/.
Participants will learn how to create and work with the interactive brainstorming tool in Quality Companion by Minitab®, a software package designed to manage improvement projects from start to finish. Session content is drawn from Minitab’s two-day Quality Companion Essentials course.
This structured brainstorming approach is often more effective than free-form discussion for investigating the cause of a problem. It can be used to identify the potential causes for a particular type of defect, as well as the process inputs that contribute to variation in process output.
To help improvement professionals manage Lean Six Sigma and other projects in one application, Quality Companion includes a wealth of other tools. When the brainstorming process concludes, the team can use the information they've already collected in the fishbone diagram to create X (input) and Y (output) variables for process mapping and other steps in their project, without needing to reenter the data.
In addition to the fishbone, Quality Companion includes CT tree and idea map tools for structured brainstorming. It also features a powerful tool for Value Stream Mapping, a Lean Six Sigma technique used to analyze and improve manufacturing, supply chain, service-related, healthcare, software development, or product development processes.
The software also includes templates for more than 100 forms, including FMEA, C&E Matrix, and Project Charter, all of which are easily customized to fit any organization. Quality Companion even offers on-demand guidance, with built-in Coaches that give expert advice from experienced Lean Six Sigma professionals.
When a project ends, Companion maintains the entire project in one easy-to-manage file, making it simple to archive and review in the future.
Quality Companion has been embraced by organizations including Xerox, the U.S. Postal Service and BHP Billiton. A free, 30-day trial version is available at http://www.QualityCompanion.com.
Minitab Inc. is one of the world’s leading developers of statistical and process improvement software. Thousands of distinguished companies use Minitab software, including Toshiba, DuPont, Boeing, Royal Bank of Scotland, Nestlé and Pfizer.
Minitab Statistical Software has been used in virtually every major Six Sigma initiative around the world, and is used to teach statistics in over 4,000 colleges and universities. Quality Companion® is used worldwide to plan and execute Six Sigma projects. Quality Trainer is a subscription-based e-learning course that lets people learn or refresh their statistical knowledge anytime and use Minitab to properly analyze data. All Minitab products are backed by outstanding services, including training, e-learning opportunities and free technical support.
Minitab Inc., headquartered in State College, Pa., operates offices in the United Kingdom, France and Australia and has additional representatives throughout the world.
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