Asking the Right Questions


This seminar provides managers and supervisors with an opportunity to apply statistical skills acquired in earlier courses. Participants learn to synthesize and evaluate the results of research and data-gathering efforts as intelligent consumers of data, ask correct and appropriate questions, make appropriate observations, and suggest sensible follow-up strategies when presented with the results of industrial research. The participants will walk through the appropriate analyses of a number of studies actually conducted in various plants. Analyses corresponding to both the vendor and customer perspective are explored.

Time Requirement

2 to 3 days

Number of Participants

25 participants maximum


Foundations of Industrial Research and Experimental Design

Content Outline

  • Improving Incoming Material for Our Can Plant Customers
  • Analyzing Steam Line Performance on Our Local EMC Pit
  • Understanding the Surface Quality of Work Rolls from Our Local Roll Shop
  • Selecting a Rolling Oil Vendor ... Statistically
  • Why is Our Aerospace Customer Upset Over Elongation?
  • Sampling Coolant Additives for Taste
  • Should We Purchase the New Tester?
  • An Exercise in Personnel Evaluation
  • Selecting Saw Blade Vendors Based Upon Time to Failure (Life)
  • Understanding the Statistical Calibration of our Moisture Analysis System




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Longmont, CO 80504

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