Study Links Lean Six Sigma Success and Minitab

New research reinforces findings of Aberdeen Group’s Lean Six Sigma Benchmark study.

June 12, 2009

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – A new research brief from the Aberdeen Group links Minitab to successful Lean Six Sigma efforts and indicates that companies using Minitab products get better results from their Lean Six Sigma programs.   

The brief, entitled "Minitab Leads in Lean Six Sigma Technology,” notes that as Lean programs integrate with the more data-driven Six Sigma methodology, the technology market in support of Lean Six Sigma efforts is extremely fragmented. But there's one notable exception: Minitab products.

Minitab’s technology solutions include Minitab Statistical Software for data analysis, and Quality Companion by Minitab, which helps Lean and Six Sigma practitioners organize, execute and track their programs.

More than one-third of respondents to Aberdeen's March 2009 survey on Taking Lean Six Sigma Beyond Manufacturing are Minitab customers—and those respondents are getting more value out of their improvement programs.

A summary of the brief on Aberdeen's Web site concludes, “Through rigorous application of Six Sigma methodologies and more effective application of technology tools, the average Minitab customer far exceeds average performance and comes close to rivaling Best-in-Class.”

The new study reinforces findings of the group’s 2006 Lean Six Sigma Benchmark study, which examined the factors that help effective Six Sigma deployments succeed where others fail.

That study found that companies taking a technology-enabled approach to Six Sigma efforts were much more successful in lowering defect rates, and linked Minitab to successful Six Sigma efforts.  Among survey respondents, Minitab customers produced impressive levels of quality, in some instances rivaling or surpassing Best in Class performance.

Aberdeen Group, Inc. provides research and insights focused on the global, technology-driven value chain. Members can download the full research brief "Minitab Leads in Lean Six Sigma Technology" at

About Minitab, LLC.

Minitab, LLC. is one of the world's leading developers of statistical analysis and process improvement software for academic and commercial users.

Minitab Statistical Software is the preferred data analysis tool for businesses of all sizes and is used in more than 80 countries by thousands of distinguished companies, including Toshiba, DuPont, Boeing, Royal Bank of Scotland, Nestlé and the leading Six Sigma consultants. It has been used to implement virtually every major Six Sigma quality improvement initiative, and to teach statistics in over 4,000 colleges and universities worldwide.

Quality Companion by Minitab is the package professionals use to plan and execute Six Sigma projects in companies around the world, including Xerox, ITT Industries, Providence Health System, Nissan North America, and LexisNexis.

Minitab, LLC. is headquartered in State College, Pa.  The company operates offices in the United Kingdom, France, and Australia, and has additional representatives throughout the world. For more information, visit

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