Introduction to Minitab Workspace™

What is Minitab Workspace?

Minitab Workspace™ is a comprehensive set of visual tools, forms, and templates. You can open a single tool, add as many tools as you need, and save them all in a single project. You can also open a project with a built-in Roadmap based on quality improvement methodologies, such as DMAIC, QFD, Just Do It, and Kaizen.

With all of your tools in one place, data can be shared across tools making it easier to work more efficiently, identify opportunities, understand complex initiatives, and ultimately solve problems.

About this guide

This guide introduces you to some of the most commonly-used tools in Minitab Workspace. By the end of it, you will know how to:
  1. Open a tool or a project.
  2. Insert a fishbone, generate a brainstorm list, and create variables from the list.
  3. Map your process using a process maps, cross-functional maps, and value stream maps.
  4. Open forms and enter and share data.
  5. Add a Monte Carlo simulation and become familiar with its concepts.

Open a tool

You can start a project by opening a tool, and then add more tools as you need them. Because the tools are stored together in a single project, they can share data.

  1. To open Minitab Workspace, double-click the shortcut icon .
  2. Click New, then choose a tool from the list of popular tools. To see a list of all the tools, click Show full list of tools.

Tools

The following image shows an example of a process map.

Tools include the following components:
1: Project Manager
The area where the tools that you add to your project are listed.
2: Workspace
The area where you view and edit the tools in your project.
3: Task Pane
(Available only in maps and brainstorm tools) The area where you enter data about the variables in your process.

Open a project that has a Roadmap

You can open a project that has a Roadmap. A Roadmap defines the phases of the project, as well as the tools and forms to use in each phase. You can follow the methodology of a predefined Roadmap, or you can create a custom project based on a Roadmap that you define.

  1. To open Minitab Workspace, double-click the shortcut icon .
  2. Click New, then choose a project.

Projects that have a Roadmap

The following image shows an example of a DMAIC project with a process map in the workspace.
Projects include the following components:
1: Roadmap
The area where you add tools and forms and organize your project into phases.
2: Project Manager
The area where you access the management tools and Roadmap tools in your project.
3: Workspace
The area where you view and edit tools.
4: Task Pane
(Available only in maps and brainstorm tools) The area where you enter data about the variables in your process.

Add tools, documents, and Minitab projects

You can add more tools to your project at any time.

  1. Click Insert or click Add Tool.
  2. To add documents that you created in other applications, choose Related Document.
  3. To open and add a Minitab project, choose Minitab Project File.
Tip

After you complete a form or a tool, you can export it directly into Microsoft® Word and Microsoft® PowerPoint. Make sure the tool is showing in the workspace, then right-click the workspace and choose Send to Word or Send to PowerPoint.

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