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The Fishbone’s Connected to the ‘Brainbone’

A free online training: Brainstorming with a Fishbone Diagram

Published: Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 11:12

(Minitab: State College, PA) -- Minitab Inc., 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 July 21, 2011, at 2 p.m. EDT. Registration is free at 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. So 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, health care, 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 www.QualityCompanion.com.

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Minitab Inc. develops statistical analysis and process improvement software for academic and commercial users. Minitab Statistical Software, a data analysis tool for businesses, has been used to implement virtually every major Six Sigma quality improvement initiative, and to teach statistics in more than 4,000 colleges and universities worldwide. Quality Companion is used to plan and execute Six Sigma projects. Use the subscription-based online learning course, Quality Trainer, to learn or refresh your knowledge and to access quality statistics expertise anytime. Interactive lessons based on real problems make concepts easy to retain.