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Free Online Value Stream Mapping Training Offered for Final Time in 2011

State College, PA (PRWEB) November 11, 2011

Minitab, the leading provider of software for quality improvement, is offering an additional free online training session on Value Stream Mapping (VSM), a Lean Six Sigma technique used to analyze the flow of information and materials needed to bring products to customers.

The high level of interest in VSM as a quality improvement tool prompted Minitab to offer an additional session in 2011. When Minitab offered this free training previously, demand quickly exceeded the number of available spaces.

The hour-long training session will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. EST (GMT-5:00). Registration is free at

Particpants will learn how to create and format a VSM step-by-step with 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.

Quality Companion includes a powerful VSM tool, which makes it easy to track important variables such as inventory, takt time, and cycle time, among others. The tool can be used to help improve manufacturing, supply chain, service-related, healthcare, software development, or product development processes.

In addition to the VSM tool, Quality Companion includes a wealth of other tools to help improvement professionals manage Lean Six Sigma and other projects in one application. 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. The software 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 has been embraced by organizations including Xerox, the U.S. Postal Service and BHP Billiton. A free, 30-day trial version is available at

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. Quality Trainer is an online e-learning course that teaches statistics for quality improvement. All 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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