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April Webex PDM – Improve Your Business with Designed Experiments
April 20, 2021 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDTFree
Jointly Sponsored with the Dayton, Ohio Section
Dave Northcutt, ASQ Certified Quality Engineer, INFORMS Certified Analytics Professional
Improve Your Business with Designed Experiments
Process improvement is hard work, and it is made more difficult by the large number of factors that affect any modern business process. Virtually every business delivers an output, a product, or a service, using some set of inputs. Those inputs can often take on a virtually unlimited number of values, each of which may or may not have an impact on the output. Designed experiments are improvement methods that attempt to create the maximum amount of insight at the lowest cost by systematically controlling input levels.
Without such techniques, it is possible to overlook key factor combinations, misinterpret results, and fail to persuade others of the proper course of action. In this session, veteran quality professional Dave Northcutt will discuss how you can begin to benefit from Experimental Design in your business. Topics include:
- What are designed experiments and why do I need them?
- How do I set up, run, and analyze a designed experiment?
- Do I have to do all this by hand?
- How do I sell others on this approach?
- Where can I go for help?
Dave Northcutt is a retired Industrial Statistician with over 35 years of experience driving improvements in the IT industry. Dave was most recently an IBM Distinguished Engineer specializing in data analysis, predictive modelling, and continual improvement in IBM’s services business. Dave has worked with teams around the world to help them improve their businesses by helping them to understand their data. Throughout his career, Dave has always sought to make the teams he worked with self-sufficient, not simply give them the answers. Dave holds Master’s degrees in Economics (Northwestern), Computer Science (Univ. of Illinois at Chicago), and Statistics (Rutgers).