Minitab’s Latest Quality Companion

Minitab’s Latest Quality Companion Software Update Adds Value Stream Mapping

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Minitab Inc. today released Quality Companion 3.2, an update to its software for managing and executing quality improvement projects.

This update introduces new functionality, including a powerful tool for Value Stream Mapping (VSM), a primary technique used in Lean Six Sigma initiatives. A free, 30-day trial version is available at . The update is free to registered users of Quality Companion 3.

VSM helps businesses define the steps required to produce a product or service that meets customer expectations, find improvement opportunities and pinpoint sources of waste. Quality Companion’s VSM tool makes it easy to track important variables such as inventory, takt time, and cycle time, among others, to help improve manufacturing, supply chain, service-related, healthcare, software development, or product development processes.

Quality Companion by Minitab® is designed to manage improvement projects from start to finish, and has been embraced by organizations as diverse as Xerox, the U.S. Postal Service and BHP Billiton.

Quality Companion’s Project Roadmap™ helps plot a clear course of action to execute quality improvement projects. Adding Companion’s built-in “soft” tools, such as process mapping, brainstorming and reporting, creates a detailed plan for the entire project-and the means to complete each step.

Quality Companion also includes more than 100 form templates, including C&E Matrix, FMEA 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 3.2 also integrates with latest release of the Quality Companion Dashboard, a utility that aggregates and displays details of all projects in a single view to help you evaluate your progress and success, and can serve as a launch pad for projects.

The Dashboard is free, so executives and others who don’t use Quality Companion can use it to monitor the progress of their organization’s entire improvement program. Colleagues who don’t use Companion can also review projects with the free Quality Companion Viewer, which provides read-only access to project files.

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 Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.

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. Both 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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