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Minitab is a general-purpose statistical software package designed for easy interactive use. It was originally developed at the Pennsylvania State University by researchers Barbara F. Ryan, Thomas A. Ryan, Jr., and Brian L. Joiner in 1972. Minitab is well suited for instructional applications, but is also powerful enough to be used as a primary tool for analyzing research data. Minitab is commonly used in Six Sigma, particularly in the Measure and Analyse phases of DMAIC. Minitab provides a quick, effective solution for the level of analysis required in most Six Sigma projects.

Minitab is used for; a) Data and File Management “spreadsheet for better data analysis”, b) Regression Analysis, c) Power and Sample Size, d) Tables and Graphs, e) Multivariate Analysis “includes factor analysis”, f) cluster analysis, g) correspondence analysis, h) Nonparametrics “various tests including sign test”, i) runs test, j) friedman test, k) Time Series and Forecasting “tools that help show trends in data as well as predicting future values”, l)  Time series plots, m) exponential smoothing, n) trend analysis, o) Statistical Process Control, p) Measurement System Analysis, q) Analysis of Variance “to determine the difference between data points”.

This post is a road map for anyone willing to start learning Minitab online for free from scratch, the post will present and compare between the best online sources where beginners can start from and follow along, the sources stated in this post are full structured courses so you won’t find a link to a single video or a group of unrelated tutorials.

If you just want the bottom line (the road map to learn Minitab) and you don’t wish to read the entire article then go to the “Bottom Line” section at the end of the article.

Getting started with Minitab Online for Free

Minitab Website

Minitab website is the first free online outlet where beginners can start learning Minitab through video tutorials, you don’t need to register to have access to the training.

Structure: The training is divided into 14 video lessons, each video lesson covers a certain topic in Minitab.

Interface: the interface is very simple, just click on the lesson you’re interested in and you’ll be directed to a page where the video resides.

 1 - Minitab video tutorialsNow, the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training is well-organized for beginners.

Cons

  1. The training is more of an overview about the software.

Verdict: This is a very good outlet where beginners can start learning Minitab online through a video tutorial, though it’s worth noting that only the outlines are covered in this outlet.

University of Vermont   

University of Vermont is the second free online outlet where beginners can start learning Minitab online through a text based tutorials, you don’t have to register to have access to the training.

Structure: The training is divided into 5 sections, each section is divided into lessons and each of the lessons covers a certain topic in Minitab.

Interface: The interface is very simple, just click on the lesson you’re interested in and you’ll be directed to the part of the page where this topic is covered.

 2 - UVM Minitab TutorialsNow, the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training is well-organized and structured for beginners.

Cons

  1. The training covers an old release of Minitab though that won’t be a problem for beginners.

Verdict: This is a very good outlet for beginners who prefer text based tutorials.

Queen Mary University of London   

Queen Mary University of London is the third free online outlet where beginners can start learning Minitab through a text based tutorial,  you don’t have to register to have access to the training.

Structure: The training is divided into 29 lessons (topics) each lesson covers a certain topic in Minitab.

Interface: The interface is very simple, just click on the lesson you’re interested in and you’ll be directed to the part of the page where this topic is covered.

 3 - QMW Minitab TrainingNow, the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training is well-structured and organized for beginners.

Cons

  1. The training covers an old release of Minitab though that won’t be a problem for beginners.

Verdict: This is a very good outlet for beginners who prefer text based tutorials, choosing between the University of Vermont website and this outlet will depend on your own personal preference.

Simon Fraser University

Simon Fraser University is the fourth free online outlet where beginners can start learning Minitab through a text based tutorial. You don’t have to register to have access to the training.

Structure: The training is divided into 2 parts, each part is divided into lessons and each of the lessons cover a certain topic in Minitab.

Interface: The interface is not simple, but there are no direct links between the lesson title and the lesson itself in the page.

 4 - SFU Minitab Training

Now, the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training is well-structured and organized for beginners.

Cons

  1. The training covers an old release of Minitab though that won’t be a problem for beginners.
  2. The training isn’t easy to navigate.

Verdict: This is outlet isn’t very user friendly and it’s not suitable for complete beginners to start learning Minitab and follow along.

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University is the fifth free online outlet where beginners can start learning Minitab online through a text based tutorial. You don’t have to register to have access to the training.

Structure: The training is divided into 18 lessons, each lesson covers a certain topic in Minitab.

Interface: The interface is simple, just click on the lesson you’re interested in and you’ll be directed to the page where the lesson resides.

 5 - SBU Minitab TrainingNow, the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training is well-structured and organized for beginners.

Cons

  1. The training covers a very old release of Minitab.

Verdict: This outlet covers a very old release of Minitab, so it’s not suitable for complete beginners to start from.

Bottom Line

The recipe for learning Minitab for free

  1. Minitab Website is the best outlet for beginners who prefer video tutorials.
  2. University of Vermont  and Queen Mary University of London are the best outlets for beginners who prefer text based tutorials.

Remember that the first step is always the toughest step, and the aim of this post is to provide you with resources that will help you take your first step in Minitab.