Agenda at a Glance

Take a look at our high-level agenda to see the overall conference timing and find descriptions for our exclusive Pre-Conference Training Workshops with Minitab experts, the Minitab Lab and the User-Centered Design Studio by clicking the various drop downs below. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
7:30 am - 3:00 pm

Minitab Insights Golf Tournament

Join us before the conference for the second annual Minitab Insights Golf Tournament. Designed for golfers of all levels, our tournament includes:

  • Contests like longest drive, closest to pin and longest putt
  • Green fees
  • Fully stocked driving range and putting greens for warm up
  • Cart rental
  • Reception immediately following the tournament
  • Complimentary access to the beverage cart (no outside food or beverage is allowed)

Tournament fee: $150 per player

Club rentals are available for $55

Register for the tournament while registering for the 2019 Minitab Insights Conference. Contact Jeff Adams with any questions.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Pre-Conference Morning Workshops

Learn directly from our Minitab experts and gain valuable hands-on experience at our exclusive Pre-Conference Workshops.

Each workshop is an additional $150 to attend.

Macros for Beginners - $150
Instructor: Erin O’Shaughnessy
Prerequisite: Familiarity with navigating Minitab and Windows.

Many times, statistical analysis is needed on structured data that simply changes over time. Some examples include weekly production data and customer billing data. Other times, a common analysis of your data may take 6-8 steps in Minitab. Clicking through the user-interface and setting up the dialog box can be time consuming. In both scenarios, it can be extremely beneficial to fast track your analysis using Minitab command language and basic macros.

Learn to automate your Minitab analysis and save time with macros. Discover Minitab’s command language and learn how to convert your repetitive analysis into a macro. By the end of this hands-on course, you will learn of Minitab’s macro capabilities and be able to write and execute your own simple macros.

Topics include: Overview of Minitab Macros, Setting up the environment in Minitab, Interacting with Command Line/History Pane, Session Commands, Creating and running an Exec macro.

Design of Experiments - $150
Instructor: Scott Kowalski
Prerequisite: Minitab Essentials – basic understanding of Minitab, hypothesis tests, confidence intervals, p-values, and regression analysis.

Use Minitab’s customizable and powerful graphical displays to interpret and communicate experimental results to improve products and processes, find critical factors that impact important response variables, reduce process variation, and expedite research and development projects. Real-world applications demonstrate how the concepts of randomization, replication, and blocking form the basis for sound experimentation practices. Develop the skills necessary to correctly analyze resulting data to effectively and efficiently reach experimental objectives.

Learn to generate full factorial designs using Minitab’s intuitive DOE interface. Understand how to account for variables (covariates) that may affect the response but cannot be controlled in the experiment. Explore the opportunities of using repeats to minimize variability while simultaneously optimizing an important product or process characteristic.

Topics include: Design of Factorial Experiments, Normal Effects Plot and Pareto of Effects, Power and Sample Size, Main Effect, Interaction, and Cube Plots, Overlaid Contour Plots, Multiple Response Optimization, Analyze Variability, Blocking and Analysis of Covariance 

Product Optimization using Monte Carlo Simulation - $150
Instructor: Jenn Atlas
Prerequisite: Minitab Essentials – a basic understanding of hypothesis tests, confidence intervals, p-values, and regression analysis

For both new product design and existing product improvement, a good approach to ensuring products meet their intended specifications is to study the process inputs and develop an equation that describes your process (y=f(x)).  This is commonly done using Designed Experiments.   You can take those equations further by considering the uncertainty in the inputs- which results in a more realistic view of the response.

Companion makes it easy for you to perform Monte Carlo Simulation to predict process capability, and to identify the best strategy to determine optimal process settings using parameter optimization and sensitivity analysis. 

Topics include: Analysis of Design of Factorial Experiments in Minitab, How to open Minitab models directly into Companion with the newest releases of Minitab Statistical Software and Companion, Monte Carlo Simulation, Parameter Optimization, Sensitivity Analysis, Incorporating Groups into Companion’s Monte Carlo Simulations.

12:00 pm - 1:15pm

Workshop Lunch

1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Pre-Conference Afternoon Workshops

Learn directly from our Minitab experts and gain valuable hands-on experience at our exclusive Pre-Conference Workshops.

Each workshop is an additional $150 to attend except the Minitab Interactive Design Session which is complimentary.

Advanced Macros - $150
Instructor: Erin O’Shaughnessy
Prerequisite: Macros for Beginners – familiarity with navigating Minitab and Windows, knowledge of Minitab Exec macros and command language.

For those who have a working knowledge of Minitab command language and the power of Exec macros, it is now time to take your macro writing skills to the next level. Exec macros are a first step in automating your analyses and saving time but offer little flexibility to meet different data structures or user inputs. Many times, there are unknowns about the data, such as how many columns of data to analyze or if the data meets a certain condition for the analysis, such as normality, until the data is already collected and imported into Minitab. Advanced Minitab macros, global and local, can account for these uncertainties about the data and still allow the analyst to automate the analyses from start to finish.

Learn to customize your results beyond using the commands from the History window and transform your Exec macros into more flexible macros.  Learn advanced programming techniques and the tricks used by the experts.  

Topics include: Overview of the three Minitab macros types: Exec, Global, Local, Understanding of which macro to use and benefits of each, Macro commands and syntax, Conditional statements such as Do Loops and If/Else, Tips and tricks

Reliability Analysis - $150
Instructor: Scott Kowalski
Prerequisite: Minitab Essentials – basic understanding of Minitab, hypothesis tests, confidence intervals, p-values, distribution testing, and regression analysis.

Determine lifetime characteristics of a product using both graphical and quantitative analysis methods. Examine real-world applications containing censored and uncensored data to learn how to correctly handle a wide variety of data structures commonly found in reliability. Explore the common distributions used to model failure rates and develop necessary skills in choosing these models. Learn how to handle accelerating variables in an accelerated life test. A strong emphasis will be placed on using appropriate probability models to predict important lifetime characteristics of your products.

Determine lifetime characteristics of a product using both graphical and quantitative analysis methods. Examine real-world applications containing censored and uncensored data to learn how to correctly handle a wide variety of data structures commonly found in reliability.

Explore the common distributions used to model failure rates and develop necessary skills in choosing these models. Learn how to handle accelerating variables in an accelerated life test. A strong emphasis will be placed on using appropriate probability models to predict important lifetime characteristics of your products.

Topics include: Parametric Distribution Analysis, Nonparametric Distribution Analysis, Multiple Failure Modes, Accelerated Life Testing

Minitab Interactive Design Session - Complimentary session
Instructor: Steve Zappe

Minitab's Research and Design Team believes that putting customers at the center of our design process is key to providing the most useful and usable products in the market. Please join us as we take a closer look at several product enhancements. Throughout this workshop, you'll be asked to share your experiences and challenges using Minitab software. You will participate in a design thinking approach to solving these challenges and collaborate on the development of wireframes and working prototypes of new software designs. This hands-on design workshop promises to be highly interactive and engaging.

1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Conference Registration

1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Minitab Lab

Stop by to try Minitab 19 and see how it’s better, faster and easier than ever for yourself. Minitab experts will be available to assist and answer any questions.

1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

User-Centered Design Studio

Test out new enhancements, participate in research and provide feedback on features, capabilities and key insights you'd like in upcoming Minitab software releases.

Thursday, October 10, 2019
7:00 am - 4:00 pm

Conference Registration

7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Minitab Lab

Stop by to try Minitab 19 and see how it’s better, faster and easier than ever for yourself. Minitab experts will be available to assist and answer any questions.

7:00 am - 5:00 pm

User-Centered Design Studio

Test out new enhancements, participate in research and provide feedback on features, capabilities and key insights you'd like in upcoming Minitab software releases.

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Networking Breakfast

8:15 am - 9:30 am

Welcome & Keynote Speaker

Dr. James L. Rosenberger, Director, National Institute of Statistical Sciences and Professor Emeritus of Statistics at Penn State University will share how the analysis of big data is having both real and imagined impacts on our lives in his presentation Quality Matters, Statistics and Big Data Science. Learn more.

9:45 am - 11:45 am

Concurrent Sessions

Choose to hear from over 30+ leading industry experts on real-life case studies during our sessions. See our speakers and program.

Note: There will be a networking break from 10:30 am - 11:00 am.

11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Networking Lunch

12:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Plenary Speaker

Dr. John Aaron, President, Milestone Planning and Research, Inc. will speak on how Six Sigma Black Belt professionals can become effective leaders of business process transformation projects in his presentation Big Data, AI and the Emerging Role of the Six Sigma Black Belt. Learn more.

2:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions

Choose to hear from over 30+ leading industry experts on real-life case studies during our sessions. See our speakers and program.

Note: There will be a networking break from 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm.

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Welcome Reception

Friday, October 11, 2019
7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Conference Registration

7:00 am - 3:30 pm

Minitab Lab

Stop by to try Minitab 19 and see how it’s better, faster and easier than ever for yourself. Minitab experts will be available to assist and answer any questions.

7:00 am - 3:30 pm

User-Centered Design Studio

Test out new enhancements, participate in research and provide feedback on features, capabilities and key insights you'd like in upcoming Minitab software releases.

7:15 am - 8:15 am

Networking Breakfast

8:30 am - 9:15 am

Keynote Speaker

9:30 am - 11:30 am

Concurrent Sessions

Choose to hear from over 30+ leading industry experts on real-life case studies during our sessions. See our speakers and program.

Note: There will be a networking break from 10:15 am - 10:45 am.

11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Networking Lunch

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions

Choose to hear from over 30+ leading industry experts on real-life case studies during our sessions. See our speakers and program.

Note: There will be a networking break from 2:45 pm – 3:15 pm.

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Closing & Panel Discussion with Q&A Session