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Minitab User Group

As part of becoming an MBB I need to really understand statistics. I spend a lot of my own time studying and use Minitab to support this. But I was surprised to find there was no Minitab User Group where I could meet like-minded people to share my experiences and accelerate my learning.

So I thought, why not start one? But of course it can only work if there is an equal level of demand from other practitioners. To test this I thought I would introduce the idea here. If you are interested in becoming a founding member of an independent and not-for-profit Minitab User Group then please read on.

The Minitab User Group will be for people who use Minitab as part of Six Sigma or for statistics in general. It will exist to expand the knowledge of the people involved. This can be from informal web site discussions, through sharing and using on-line resources, to attending user group workshops & training events.

As a user group member you will be able to interface with like-minded specialists working in different areas and organisations. To support the widest range of members, subjects will be geared around the Minitab product. For example, the section on Statistical Process Controls will include tutorials, workbooks & projects, articles & links and industry specific content.

Although independent, the user group will actively work with Minitab for the benefit of our members. A close working relationship provides a chance to offer direct feedback on products and services plus a chance for Minitab to update and assist our members. Minitab fully endorses this intuitive.

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The intention is the user group will be funded principally by member’s subscriptions, plus possible donations from others. This means activities will be geared to the amount of money available. It is noted that those setting up the organisation will not receive any remuneration except for out-of-pocket costs, like postage and phone calls.

Does this interest you? Would you like to get involved in setting-up the Minitab User Group and defining its direction? Please make contact by e-mail, info@minitabusergroup.com to get involved.

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Comments 5

  1. MBerron

    Hey Robin,
    My thoughts exactly. I was trying to find a user group as well. We purchased M15 at work and I was going through the easy primer. I tried to apply some the stats from work (I work collecting stats in the airline communication industry), but could not get the charts to look like I want them. I have some variables with sub groups that need to be charted alongside each other.
    The thing is, I am now looking closely at switching my career to Healthcare. Statistics are playing a much greater role there, and data mining is one of the main objects of my playing with M15.
    Anyway, good luck and I’ll contribute as I can.

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  2. Vandy

    Is this forum still alive or closed down.I m late to find it i think.Its a gr8 idea Robin

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  3. Robin Barnwell

    Hello Vandy

    Although I go some great responses when I published this, I realised I didn’t have enough cash to finance the hosting.

    However I have recently discovered open source software and in October experimented with rebuilding the site using Joomla & Fireboard. So I now have a hosting solution for $2.99 a month and am happy with that.

    So please take a look, http://www.minitabusergroup.com. I would love to get this off the ground again. Anyone else interested then please let me know.

    Regards
    Robin

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  4. John Borneman

    I just joined the users group. looks like a potentially valuable resource….

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  5. Robin Barnwell

    Thanks John, and all the others who have just signed-up.

    Please bear in mind I was experimenting rather than launching, but am happy to see what happens.

    To take this forward I’ll make contact off-line to ask for help in getting the site content designed & built.

    Its like something my brother once told me, "A thousand mile journey begins with the first step".

    RB

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