Quality Companion is an all-in-one package that complements the company's flagship product, Minitab Statistical Software, which companies worldwide use to tackle the statistical data analysis at the heart of every Six Sigma project.
Quality Companion makes it easy to outline, complete and present projects. At the start of a project, the Project Roadmap helps plot a clear course of action. Adding built-in tools to the Roadmap creates a detailed plan for the entire project—and the means to complete each step.
Quality Companion provides essential "soft" tools such as process mapping, brainstorming and reporting. It also includes more than 100 templates, including C&E Matrix, FMEA and Project Charter, which are easily customized to fit any organization.
Quality Companion offers on-demand guidance, with built-in Coaches that give expert advice from experienced Six Sigma professionals.
When a project ends, Companion maintains the entire project in one easy-to-manage file, making it simple to archive and review in the future.
Quality Companion 3 includes the enhanced Quality Companion Dashboard, a utility that aggregates and displays details of all projects in a single view. "The Dashboard summarizes information across your projects to help you evaluate your progress and success," Twohill explains. "Or, you can use it as a launch pad for your projects.
The Dashboard is available for free, so executives and others who don't use Quality Companion can monitor the progress of their organization's entire Six Sigma program. Colleagues who don't use Companion can also review projects with the free Quality Companion Viewer, which provides read-only access to project files."
Companies put tremendous resources into quality improvement, and Quality Companion helps them maximize the benefits of that investment. "By making it easier to manage an entire Six Sigma program, Quality Companion lets companies focus on what matters most – delivering results."