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QI Macros Data Mining Wizard Demonstration

The Data Mining Wizard is one of the most powerful tools in QI Macros.

Watch this short video to as Jay demonstrates how easy it is to let the software analyze your data and automatically jumpstart your Quality Improvement projects:



Download a FREE 30 day trial at the link below and see for yourself how easy it is to use this powerful, affordable Quality Improvement tool: https://www.qimacros.com/trial/30-day/

Posted by Jay Arthur in Data Mining, QI Macros.

Brain Gym for Pandemic Anxiety

The pandemic has created a lot of anxiety and panic. There’s a simple way to relieve the stress. Here’s how:



“Hi, I’m Jay Arthur, author of “Lean Six Sigma for Hospitals” and QI Macros [software].

“Some years ago I actually saw a presentation about people having panic attacks, and they had actually MRIed or something the brain to see what’s going on. It turns out that the left hemisphere was all lit up: everything was going on. The left side was going crazy and the right side was dark: there wasn’t much going on at all.

“Well, that’s a panic attack.

Posted by Jay Arthur in Improvement Insights.

Overcoming the Frustration Barrier

Learning any new skill requires the tenacity to break through the frustration barrier. What is it and how do you overcome it? Watch now:



“Hi, I’m Jay Arthur, author of “Lean Six Sigma Demystified” and the QI Macros [software].

“One of the things I’ve noticed is sometimes people will download the QI Macros software and then they’d get stuck. Well, we have a tutorial that you can use right in the software and we have an online workshop you can use to practice, but most people have a frustration barrier.

“You have to get through the frustration barrier to get comfortable with things no matter how easy they are to use.

Posted by Jay Arthur in Improvement Insights, QI Macros.

Lean Vaccine Development

Vaccine development companies aren’t taking shortcuts; they are using Lean to accelerate delivery of a safe effective vaccine. Here’s how:



“Hi, I’m Jay Arthur, author of “Lean Six Sigma for Hospitals” and QI Macros [software].

“There’s been a lot of anxiety about vaccine development, like, “Oh, they’re short-cutting.” Uh, no. No, okay.

“If you know anything about Lean, you know that the original process was they did phase one trials. Then they evaluated the phase one trial and then they set up a phase two trial. So the phase two trial [is going] and and then they would evaluate all of that and then they would say, “Well, was that okay?”

Posted by Jay Arthur in Healthcare, Improvement Insights, Lean.

10/13/20 QI Macros Webinar

Over 50 people signed up for this webinar, with Jay Arthur demonstrating how to use some of the useful features of QI Macros, as well as some of the new features introduced in recent releases of the software.

Some attendees were familiar with the software and already use it, some had only begun to use it; all were interested in learning new ways that QI Macros can help them with their Agile Lean Six Sigma and Quality Improvement efforts. (You can hear him answering questions and comments typed in by webinar attendees.)



If you saw a feature demonstrated in the webinar that might have been added to QI Macros after the version you’re using (for instance, the Templates Wizard, the Fixed Limit indicator or the automated Process Change Wizard), you may need to purchase an upgrade to bring your QI Macros to the current version.

Posted by Jay Arthur in Data Mining, Excel, QI Macros, Webinar.

Embrace the Automatic Transmission

I learned to drive on a stick shift. Then automatic transmissions came along. What have you learned the hard way that has been simplified and automated? How much time and suffering could you save by embracing the automatic transmissions available in Quality Improvement?



“Hi, I’m Jay Arthur, author of “Lean Six Sigma Demystified” and the QI Macros [software].

“Now way back in the 60s when I was learning to drive (yes, I’m that old) they had the student [car], but it had a “three on the column” manual shift – an old Chevy Caprice or something like that.

Posted by Jay Arthur in Improvement Insights, Lean.

Accelerating Software Quality Using the 4-50 Rule

Leaders, managers and programmers sometimes get frustrated with software systems and try to rewrite them. This usually fails. It is possible to use Six Sigma and the 4-50 rule to find and fix the few code modules that have the most bugs and require the most enhancements. This delivers software quality without the high cost and risk. Here’s how:



“Hi, I’m Jay Arthur, author of “Lean Six Sigma Demystified” and the QI Macros [software].

“Today I want to talk to you about software. Now, some of you may work in software, some of you may use software… (If you have a phone, you’re using software) There’s lots of software around, and sometimes there’s bugs and stuff like that, and sometimes we’re enhancing things.

Posted by Jay Arthur in Improvement Insights, Lean, QI Macros, Six Sigma.

Ask Jay – What Kind of Chart Should I Use?

People still seem to be confused about what kind of Quality Improvement chart to use. Here’s the short and simple answer:



Posted by Jay Arthur in Ask Jay, Jay Arthur Blog.

Cut The Cockleburs for Hassle-Free Living

Six Sigma isn’t just for business. You can use it to make your life more hassle-free. Here’s how:  Become the CIO of Your Life. 



“Hi, I’m Jay Arthur, author of “Lean Six Sigma Demystified” and the QI Macros [software].

“I used to walk my dog Coco on the High Line Canal that runs for about 73 miles throughout Denver. I’d take her for a walk and she’d go running around, but she’d pick up these cockleburs. A cocklebur plant stands about waist-high, has big broad leaves and it produces these little spiny things about the size of the top of my thumb that has little hooky things all around it.

Posted by Jay Arthur in Improvement Insights, Lean.

Making Quality Improvement More Contagious

Quality improvement isn’t very infectious, is it? What can we do to make it more contagious? As you can imagine, it can’t take weeks to catch the bug. Here’s a way to spread to idea faster.



“Hi, I’m Jay Arthur, author of “Lean Six Sigma Demystified” and QI Macros [software].

“I got to thinking about the pandemic: in COVID-19, for every one person that gets in infected, they infect like three other people. That’s why it’s such a problem, right? It’s much more infectious than even the flu is. I thought about that in terms of Quality Improvement. Whether you call it: Lean Six Sigma, Operational Excellence, Process Improvement… I don’t care what you call it, it’s Quality Improvement to me.

Posted by Jay Arthur in Agile Lean Six Sigma, Improvement Insights.