Minitab 16’s “Assistant” Feature Makes Data Analysis Easy for Quality Improvement, Lean Six Sigma

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Minitab's latest statistical software guides even novice users through hypothesis tests, control charts, process capability, measurement systems analysis and regression.

Minitab 16 helps everyone analyze data and interpret results correctly.

Minitab 16’s Assistant menu makes hypothesis tests, control charts, capability analysis, measurement systems analysis and regression accessible to everyone.

With the Assistant, no one needs to be intimidated by statistics. If you don’t have a statistical background, or if you’re just a little rusty, Minitab 16 removes that barrier.

Managers and executives increasingly expect employees to analyze data in order to support quality improvement initiatives. But many employees involved in quality initiatives don't have a statistical background.

That's no longer a problem, if they're using using Minitab 16 Statistical Software.

Minitab’s latest release includes the Assistant, a menu-based tool designed to guide even novice users through their analyses and help them interpret their results with confidence. The Assistant menu makes hypothesis tests, control charts, capability analysis, measurement systems analysis and regression accessible to everyone.

“With the Assistant, no one needs to be intimidated by statistics,” says Michelle Paret, product marketing manager for Minitab. “If you don’t have a statistical background, or if you’re just a little rusty, Minitab 16 removes that barrier. You can be sure you’re analyzing your data appropriately with the Assistant.”

The Assistant contains interactive decision trees that help users choose the right tool and walk them through their analysis step-by-step. It has a simplified interface that is easy to understand, and includes guidelines to ensure the analysis is successful. It even provides interpretation of output and comprehensive reports to help users easily and effectively present results.

The Assistant is rooted in a principle that has guided Minitab since its earliest days: make data analysis more accessible by creating tools that are easy to use.

“With Minitab 16 Statistical Software, we wanted to take that idea even further,” says Michelle Paret. “We wanted to open the door so everyone can make more effective use of data to make the best decisions. We wanted to create a tool that would make analyzing data easy for anyone—even if you don’t know much about statistics.

The ability to perform basic analyses is particularly important in business, because proven quality improvement methods such as Six Sigma rely on the ability to analyze data. Minitab added the Assistant to its latest release to help more people and businesses take advantage of the benefits of data-driven quality improvement projects.

“The Assistant is a godsend to Six Sigma practitioners,” says Michael Mercer, president of Mercer Quality Consulting and an industry veteran with more than 30 years of quality improvement experience at companies including 3M.

“Green Belts may get very brief training on 40 or more possible approaches to analyzing data,” Mercer notes. “When they’re working on their first project weeks or months later, they can get lost very easily. The Assistant changes that. It lets anyone access the power of analyzing data without needing to remember all of the details for these statistical methods.”

Minitab 16 is the latest example of the company’s efforts to provide the best tools for quality improvement. “Minitab lets you focus on improving your business because it’s so easy to use,” says Paret. “That’s why it's also the most popular choice for teaching statistics in universities and even high schools.”

Thousands of companies worldwide use Minitab to analyze data for quality improvement programs, and more than 4,000 colleges and universities use Minitab for teaching and research.

Because it has been adopted by companies around the globe, Minitab 16 is available in English, French, German, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Documentation is available in several other languages.

A free, fully functional, 30-day trial version of Minitab 16 is available at http://www.minitab16.com
The company also offers Quality Trainer by Minitab®, an e-learning course that teaches statistics and serves as an ongoing resource for professionals who use statistics to implement quality improvement. The company also offers Quality Companion by Minitab®, process improvement software designed specifically to help professionals manage and execute quality improvement projects.

About Minitab

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 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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