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Discussion of "Statistics: A Life Cycle View"

Summary: This article is a commentary on an article by Ron S. Kenett, "Statistics: A Life Cycle View," Quality Engineering, Volume 27, Number 1 (January 2015), pages 111-121. Snee first discusses what he considers to be the important contributions of Kenett's paper on the future of statisticians working in business and industry. He then addresses some ways in which he believes that Kenett’s arguments can be strengthened. Snee argues that while statistics impact is important, statistics is an enabler; project impact is what really counts. The article points out that in an active organization, statisticians need to handle such things as team leadership, team problem-solving frameworks (like statistics life cycle and DMAIC), strategic planning, process and systems thinking, and organization acumen. The expanding role of statisticians requires the growth of many different kinds of skills. Snee concludes that statisticians can increase their impact by identifying and solving large, complex, unstructured problems. Such problems almost always are important to the success of the organization.

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  • Topics: Statistics, Quality Tools
  • Keywords: Statistics, Quality tools, Statistical methods, Role changes, Problem solving, Strategic planning
  • Author: Snee, Ronald D.;
  • Journal: Quality Engineering