What's New in Companion 5

Companion by Minitab provides teams with tools, storage, and reporting metrics for real-time visibility into their continuous improvement initiative.

What's New in Companion 5.3

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.

Start a Minitab project from Companion

You can start a Minitab 19 project directly from Companion. After you add the new Minitab project to your Roadmap, you can open it, run analyses, make changes, and save it. Just like a related document, the Minitab project is saved as part of the Companion project so that you have quick and easy access to it at any time. To insert a blank Minitab project, choose Insert > Minitab Project File. For more information, go to Attach files to your project.

Import models from Minitab to the Monte Carlo simulation tool

Save time running Monte Carlo simulations by importing models directly from Minitab. In the simulation tool, click Import Models from Minitab, select a Minitab project, then choose the models to import. Companion imports the variables and the response equation from the Minitab analysis so you don't have to enter them manually. For more information, go to Add a Monte Carlo simulation.

Send Minitab output to Companion

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.

Keep projects moving with phase due dates

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.

Select multiple tools in the Roadmap

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.

Send tools to Microsoft Word and PowerPoint

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.

What's New in Companion 5.2 (full version only)

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.

Submit project ideas any time

Workflow gives every user the ability to submit their project ideas and contribute to the initiative. Project owners can be sure their projects are moving in the right direction every step of the way.
With workflow, users submit their project ideas using the official idea form. When a user saves their idea, it is saved to the Ideas stage in the web app and members of the company's steering committee are notified.

Use the hopper to pick the best projects

Once approved, the idea moves to the Hopper stage, where steering committee members can use a chart to compare ideas and determine which ones to assign as projects.

Approve projects at every phase

As projects are executed in the Active stage, each phase of the project must be approved by the project's review board before it can move to the next phase.

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?.

Customize workflow

Data architects can customize workflow in the design center. If you are a data architect, go to Configure workflow settings.

What's New in Companion 5.1.1

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.

Full version

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 Companion by Minitab 5.1.1 Software Update.

Desktop app only

If you are using the desktop app only, check for updates to ensure the highest level of performance and quality. Choose Help > Check for Updates.

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