With the latest release of Companion, you can have more than one steering committee to evaluate ideas, start projects, and set phase due dates. If you are a steering committee member, multiple steering committees reduce the number of notifications you receive when new ideas are submitted. Multiple steering committees can also help you manage noisy hoppers through filtering, so you only have to see the projects that you care about. Most importantly, multiple steering committees provide governance by ensuring that the right group of users are approving projects within their domain.
In the design center, data architects can set up multiple steering committees by choosing a single-value list field to route ideas by. Then, when a user fills out an idea form in the desktop app and chooses a value from the predefined routing field, the user's idea is automatically sent to the steering committee that is best suited to review and evaluate the new idea.
The new features of Companion 5.3 are all about integration and efficiency. Companion 5.3 is more tightly integrated with Minitab 19, so now you can start a Minitab project from the Companion Roadmap, import models from Minitab to the Monte Carlo simulation tool, and send Minitab output directly to a Companion form. With Companion 5.3, you can also copy, move, and delete multiple items in the Roadmap and send information to Microsoft Office products so you can save time and be even more productive.
After you generate output in Minitab 19, you can send it directly to your Companion project. When you do, Companion opens a blank form in the project's Roadmap, renames it to match the analysis, and inserts the output as an image in the form.
Now, at the start of a project, the steering committee can add due dates for each phase in a project's methodology. If necessary, they can modify these dates as the project progresses.
Now you can perform operations on more than one item at a time in the Roadmap. Using the Shift key or the Ctrl key, click as many items in the Roadmap as you want, including folders and phases, then cut, copy, paste, move, export, delete, and so on. When you select an item, such as folder or a phase, everything contained within it is also selected.
When you want to include information about your project in a report or a presentation, just right-click the map or form in the Roadmap and choose Send to Word or Send to PowerPoint. Companion exports the contents of the tool to the Microsoft application you select. For more information, go to Export files.
The full version of Companion 5.2 offers workflow, a controlled and automated process for vetting project ideas, prioritizing projects, and approving projects through a series of phases. Now, managers, black belts, and stakeholders have even more visibility into the progress of individual projects. They can be confident that the right amount of time, effort, and resources are being allocated to the highest-priority projects and that small problems are identified before they become big issues.
When the final phase of the project is approved, the project is automatically closed and moved to the Completed stage of the workflow. To learn more about workflow, go to What is workflow?.
Companion 5.1.1 includes updates that enable a concurrent license model for the Companion full version and maintenance fixes for the Companion desktop app.
Both the web app and the desktop app should be updated for this release. To avoid compatibility issues and future licensing issues, be sure to update to 5.1.1 as soon as possible. For more information, go to .
If you are using the desktop app only, check for updates to ensure the highest level of performance and quality. Choose .