Companion by Minitab

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Companion by Minitab is the only process improvement software that combines three elements – organization, practical tools and expert guidance – critical to the success of Six Sigma Projects. It is designed to maximize the benefits of the following quality improvement efforts.

  • To Increase and standardize the efficiency of the project flow.
  • To guide Green Belts and Black Belts through challenges.
  • To help Master Black Belts support teams efficiently.
  • To provide data-sharing and time-saving tools.
  • To facilitate documentation and reporting during progress.

A member of the Minitab product family, Companion by Minitab is a project management, organization and standardization software. It is primarily developed for Six Sigma and Lean projects, but it is a capable project management, monitoring and documentation software, especially for many data-based projects.

Provides excellent solutions for the creation of organizational standards for project-based companies and for the collection of project data in a single project file that will allow easy access by affiliates.

Provides excellent solutions for the creation of organizational standards for project-based companies and for the collection of project data in a single project file that will allow easy access by affiliates. Companion by Minitab prepares, collects and distributes project documents, such as many reports, forms, analytical calculations, prepared by the team members, in soft environment with easy way.

Keep track of all your projects securely, centrally and globally with Companion by Minitab’s process and continuous improvement tools.

Project Roadmaps

Project Roadmaps make it easy to execute, share, and replicate projects across your organization.

Workflow

Communicate priorities and allocate resources effectively — from project conception, through execution, to closure — with formal approval processes and notifications.

Real-Time KPI Dashboarding

Project data rolls up to your online project dashboard automatically, so you can track KPIs anywhere in real time.

Work with Minitab 19

Send output from Minitab Statistical Software to Companion, or insert a Minitab project straight from your Companion roadmap, and updates will be saved inside your Companion project.

Everything in a Single Project File

You can easily share, edit and archive the management of all the tools and documents in your project in a single project file.

Data Sharing

You can reduce errors and use your time well with the integrated functions of tools that allow you to share data throughout the entire project.

Project Charter

You can define the scope of the project and provide the team members with the necessary information about the tasks, restrictions and details.

Presentation Manager

You can share you have developed with Companion by Minitab and create dynamic and successful presentations directly.

Management

You can obtain Expert Guidance service for each step your project needs. You can also add your own instructions or obtain the necessary information from the Management section.

Project Management

With your project manager, you can collect and manage all your documents in one place.

Process Map

With detailed and high-level process maps, you will be able to easily communicate between all activities that will make your processes more meaningful. By assigning variables to each shape, you will be able to use it for all your tools.

Value Stream Mapping

By defining all of your processes, you can easily identify the points that are open to development and use the necessary improvement tools.

Financial Analysis

Estimate your savings in the project and convert the time into cash.

FMEA

You can easily identify the causes of defects in your products or processes, the consequences of them and prioritize your actions in order to minimize or eliminate the damages.

Project Risk Assessment

You can assess whether a potential project has been successfully completed on time.

Control Plan

You can have a document where you can monitor and control all the benefits and improvements that your project will provide

Stakeholder Analysis

You can group your stakeholders according to their impact on your project and discover the convenience of all relevant assignments.

SIPOC Analysis

During the measurement phase of the project, you can define the main activities of your team after you determine the scope of the process. You can shape your process map by avoiding unnecessary details.
  • Easily identify and add your own data categories and fields to your system, then you can use them easily in your project.
  • You can easily identify your own data categories and fields and add them to your system.
  • You can create new forms and templates specific to you by making changes on form and quality tools.
  • You can view all the changes you have made on the CbM Dashboard.

Companion by Minitab Project Management and Lean Six Sigma tools have two different Licensing options about its extent: “Desktop” and “Full”. Full Version includes Desktop software + Web Section. The Web section features a Dynamic Dashboard, a Workflow menu that lets you see the Projects you’re working on, a Repository where you store your projects, and many more.

Companion by Minitab Desktop and Web Features

  • Roadmaps™
  • DMAIC
  • Just Do It
  • PDCA
  • Kaizen Event
  • Quality Function Deployment
  • DFSS CDOV
  • Process Map
  • Value Stream Map
  • Fishbone
  • Gantt Chart
  • Idea Map
  • CT Tree
  • Monte Carlo Simulation
  • Parameter Optimization
  • Sensitivity Analysis
  • 30_60_90 Action Plan
  • 5S Audit
  • A3
  • Audit Plan
  • C&E Matrix
  • Control Plan
  • FMEA
  • Force Field
  • Funnel Report
  • Kanban & Supermarket Sizing
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Project Charter
  • Project Prioritization Matrix
  • Project Risk Assessment
  • Pugh Matrix
  • RACI
  • SIPOC
  • Stakeholder Analysis
  • True North Metrics
  • Value Stream Map Comparison
  • Waste Analysis by Operation
  • Work Element Time Study
  • Analysis Captures for Minitab Statistical Software tools

Dashboard

  • Project data is encrypted in flight and at rest.
  • Secure cloud dashboard always includes the latest features, with no user updates needed.
  • Global filters allow you to quickly change dashboard views, and the filter selections are clearly displayed.
  • Use built-in customizable reports, or make your own.
  • Chart options include Tables, Line charts, Bar charts, Pie charts, Stacked Bar charts, and Charts with targets.
  • 24/7 access.
  • International number and date displays.
  • Search by keyword.
  • Save reports to PDF.
  • Web app only (subscription based accounts). Single sign-on (SSO) access to Companion application

Workflow

  • Manage ideas through the project hopper
  • Set formal stage gate reviews
  • Track changes in fields
  • Automated notification and emails

Repository

  • Secure, central project storage can be accessed from anywhere.
  • Project access is restricted by default. Project owners and administrators set access rights.
  • Links to projects can be sent by e-mail.
  • Include/Exclude projects from Dashboard reports.
  • Folder structure enables organized storage.

Design Center

  • Data architects customize the Companion subscription to reflect your improvement methodology.
  • Edit and create Project Templates, Management forms and Tool templates.
  • Create new data fields or edit existing ones.
  • Track change sets, so you know what was changed and when.
  • Zero downtime for users while your data architect is updating project templates, data definitions, and forms.

License Portal

  • Set roles for all users: Administrator, Data Architect, User, License Administrator.

Commercial Licenses

According to the usage period, The license options of Companion by Minitab Project Management and Lean Six Sigma Tools software are ”ANNUAL“ and “PERPETUAL” as follows:

Annual Licenses

Multi User License – MUL

Perpetual Licenses

Single User License – SUL

Perpetual Simultaneous License – PSL

  • Time of use is 1 year. If you want to continue to use you have to buy annual license again.
  • Saleable in multi-user packages with 5, 10, 15, 20, 30 users and more. There is no other annual license package other than this License type.
  • UPGRADE for new versions is FREE (e.g. to Minitab 19).
  • CbM can be install all computers in a network. Number of users that can use CbM at the same time will be as many users in the package you purchased. (Floating License)
  • Licenses in the license package can be distributed to any number of network users and individual users (PCs or laptops). (For example: You can distribute a 10-user multi-license package to be 4 individual users with no network connection and 6 network users. You can also distribute your licenses to 10 individual users or 10 network users.)
  • Free technical support is provided for 1 year.
  • It runs on all 32-bit and 64-bit Windows platforms (Windows 7, Windows 8, 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server).
  • The duration of use is unlimited. You can use it for lifetime.
  • It can be sold in individual licenses. You need to get a license for each computer.
  • They cannot be opened to public use on the network nor they cannot be used as a floating license.
  • Free technical support is provided until 1 year after the new version is released.
  • Upgrading to new versions is optional and charged.
  • It runs on all 32-bit and 64-bit Windows platforms (Windows 7, Windows 8, 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server).
  • The duration of use is unlimited. You can use it for lifetime.
  • Saleable in multi-user packages with 5, 10, 15, 20, 30 users and more.
  • Minitab can be install all computers in a network. Number of users that can use Minitab 18 at the same time will be as many users in the package you purchased.(Floating License)
  • Licenses in the license package can be distributed to any number of network users and individual users (PCs or laptops). (For example: You can distribute a 10-user multi-license package to be 4 individual users with no network connection and 6 network users. You can also distribute your licenses to 10 individual users or 10 network users.)
  • Free technical support is provided until 1 year after the new version is released.
  • Upgrading to new versions is optional and charged (eg: to Minitab 19). The upgrade price is 50% of the current license price (80% in academic licenses).
  • It runs on all 32-bit and 64-bit Windows platforms (Windows 7, Windows 8, 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server).

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