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  • #53275

    Ian Rose
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    Hi Folks,
    Can any of you fine folks tell me what the main user differences are between Minitab15 and Quality Companion?
    Thanks a mill
    Ian

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    #189395

    Andrew Banks
    Participant

    MiniTab is a statistical software package – Quality
    Companion is a project documentation/project
    management tool. They are complementary, not
    independent.

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    #189397

    Leader
    Participant

    Also, it’s not a fantastic product. Minitab tried to come up with a all-inclusive solution for the non-statistical areas of LSS. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work particularly well in terms of using the data in other programs (powerpoint, word, etc.). It’s based on html code, which gives it a severe limitation. We tried it, and will likely drop our subscription this year.

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    #189409

    MBBinWI
    Participant

    Are you using QC3?  If so, there’s little reason to have to export out to powerpoint.

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    #189412

    Utter Chaos
    Member

    MBBinWI, I am assuming that you are familiar with QC.  I would be interested in hearing what you feel are the strengths and weaknesses of this package and if you think that it supports better project management.

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    #189414

    MBBinWI
    Participant

    happy to – add @comcast.net to my handle and send me a message off the forum and we can discuss.  If you have specific questions, that would be best.  BTW – I have no affiliation with Minitab.

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    #189427

    Leader
    Participant

    I am — the difficulty is when I have to present items to non-QC3 users. I can’t print anything out, since the .html code does not understand page breaks and does not scale well. Exporting anything to powerpoint (a program directors, etc. can use vs. QC3) is nigh-useless given the lack of page formatting. We are looking at igrafx for process and value-stream maps; the other tools may just have to be home-grown. I admit to being disappointed. Discussions with the Minitab people tend to indicate that they are not interested in going away from the .html coding method, which effectively makes it useless for my purposes.

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    #189429

    busa
    Participant

    I found it a damn silly package !bbusa

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    #189434

    Mikel
    Member

    More evidence you don’t know jack.

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    #189435

    cpkonline
    Participant

    Why don’t you just use the presentation feature of QC instead of PowerPoint or Word? A QC presentation can easily be exported to PPT. You may also want to try saving a form or process map as a web page or single web page – provides a nicer format to share. Those that do not have QC can download the viewer for free. You indicated you had a subscription license which means anyone can have access to QC since the license is concurrent. Give it to your program directors so that they view projects!!!! Imagine that… program directors and belts using a common application to review projects… maybe world peace is next.In my opinion, the value behind QC is the data sharing between the tools and having a common project structure/file for LSS projects… maybe you just need to attend their training. The two knocks against Quality Companion are you need to attend training to be able to fully utilize its capabilities and it’s project tracking capabilities are limited.By the way… I don’t work for Minitab.

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    #189439

    Mikel
    Member

    I prefer their project tracking to the overblown software like Power
    Steering. I’ve only seen Power Steering in crappy implementations –
    it’s a poor substitute for leadership and accountability.

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    #189441

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    cpkonline,
    I agree with you on getting things out of QC and into powerpoint. It didn’t seem to be much of an issue. Actually I tend to be pretty cyber challenged and had no problem figuring out how to use QC. I sat through a 2 hour class on VSM for another software and when I got done it was still a slow monotonous job to use it. I picked up QC in about a half hour of playing around with it by myself. Obviously there is still a lot I don’t know about how to be a power user of the software but when I can get functional in about 30 minutes on my own someone has done something right in how it works.
    Just my opinion

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    #189449

    Leader
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    I guess if you never need to print anything out of QC3, you may be good to go. Their new value stream package is far inferior to igrafx, though; you might try checking that out. (I don’t work for either company).

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    #189455

    Mikel
    Member

    Quantify “Far inferior” please. I suspect you don’t have a clue. It doesn’t do RTY but that’s not really a show stopper.

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    #189459

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    Delenn,
    You may be correct on the printing because I have never had to print from QC, but then that is the point of using a computer. We can send files and look at thing on the screen. After all these years in the business I have a real hard time believing printing is that big of an issue but I will kill some trees today just to see what you are talking about.
    I don’t even want to hear another one of you igrafx jihadist about that software. 2 hours on a webcast to teach us how to do a VSM on that software and about 50% of the people on the call were more confused than when it started. The guy teaching was an arrogant jerk and the software isn’t even close to being as easy to use as QC3. I ended up with a VSM that did exactly what it was supposed do (using QC3) so I have to go with Stan on this and lets see how you rationalize “far inferior.”
    Just my opinion

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