What's New with EngineRoom

EngineRoom provides you with automatic updates within the application, so the latest version is always available — and FREE. See below for an overview of recently released features and new functionality.

Hexie saying Optimizers Roll Out


Have you tried our Response Optimizer?

  • Calculate the output of a regression equation by setting the values of the inputs.
  • Find the input values that achieve the optimal result (choose from Maximum, Minimum, or set your own Target value).
  • To add an equation, build out it out in the tool or push from a Simple or Multiple Regression.
  • JUST ADDED: Now add multiple output values and optimize them simultaneously.

Log in to EngineRoom and try it out today!

A simplified Classification and Regression Tree illustration


New Roadmaps in EngineRoom!

There isn't a single way to solve problems in continuous improvement; that's why EngineRoom is getting new roadmaps for your projects! We're excited to roll out this new feature that allows you to use the roadmap that best identifies and corrects your problem. The new roadmaps are:

  • DCDOV (Define, Concept, Design, Optimize, Verify)
  • PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act/Adjust)
  • PDSA (Plan, Do, Study, Act/Adjust)

These additional options allow you to customize EngineRoom for your organization. Log in to your account today to see how you can now match EngineRoom to your organization's roadmap.

A simplified Classification and Regression Tree illustration


New! EngineRoom's first Machine Learning tool: Classification and Regression Tree

EngineRoom is proud to release our first Machine Learning tool. The Classification and Regression Tree is a foundational analysis tool that enables you to:

  • Predict the output of a given set of inputs using the tool's easy-to-use and exportable Decision Tree Visualizer
  • Understand which features, or inputs, have the most effect on the prediction of your outputs
  • Understand both categorical outputs (classification) and continuous outputs (regression)

This tool is user-friendly and easy to implement, making it the perfect choice for understanding root causes or identifying patterns.

Critical Question Menu with Define phase submenu open with twelve questions


Solving "What Do I Do Next?" - EngineRoom's New Critical Questions Menu

Start your project off on the right foot with EngineRoom's Critical Questions menu. This new dropdown puts essential questions front-of-mind to help you know what to do next in your project.

  • View potential questions to answer in a given DMAIC phase.
  • Get suggestions for tools that will help answer that question.
  • Open those tools directly from the menu.
Output of the Graphical Summary tool


Quickly Explore Your Data with Graphical Summary and Distribution Identification

  • Graphical Summary:
    • Generate statistics such as Count, Quartiles, Mean, Mode, Confidence Intervals, and more.
    • Includes histograms, box plots, confidence interval plots, and correlation matrices in one tool.
    • Divide your data into groups up to 2 levels. For example, compare how long Step 1, Step 2, and Step 3 take across Plant A, Plant B, and Plant C.
  • Distribution Identification
    • Quick reference slide shows you the best fitting distribution.
    • Dig deeper by looking at the full output.
Output of the Non-Normal Process Capability Discrete tool


New Process Capability Tools for Non-Normal Data

EngineRoom is introducing two new statistics tools to enable Process Capability for Non-Normal Data. Find them in the Measure menu or Quality Tools menu under "Non-Normal Process Capability."

  • Non-Normal Process Capability - Continuous: Run a Process Capability two ways — fit a distribution or use raw data by selecting Empirical Analysis.
  • Non-Normal Process Capability - Discrete: Use counts of data as input to the Process Capability, whether it fits a Binary or Poisson distribution.
FlexiBatch block that feeds into a decision block


New Process Playground Block for Batching Different Items

The new FlexiBatch Block in Process Playground adds power to your process modeling with new functionality.

  • Model cases such as shipping containers, trucks, trailers, heat-treat ovens, warehouse shelving, and more.
  • Set "Equivalent Units" for items to group them based on a defined Total Volume, Weight, Length, Number, or other metric.
  • FlexiBatch differs from a Batch — a Batch groups together many of the same item, while the FlexiBatch groups together many different items.
  • FlexiBatch differs from a Kit — a Kit has a defined number for each item in the group, while the FlexiBatch has an undefined number for each item in the group.
New Guided References for Process Capability, Gauge R and R and Attribute Agreement Analysis


Study Interpretation Made Easy

Interpreting results in a Process Capability, Gauge R&R, and Attribute Agreement Analysis study just got even easier with these new references:

Quick Reference Table: This practical implementation pulls the most relevant data from your study into a single table at the top of your output.

Recommendation: The study now presents a simplified text recommendation on the output based on new user inputs.

We're making it easier to analyze and interpret your data by organizing and presenting the most relevant information to your study front and center.

Updated Gantt Chart with Drag and Drop Capabilities


'Gantt' Stop 'Til You Get Enough!

Visualize your project timelines with a slick update to our Gantt Chart. Easily map out dependencies, see potential conflicts, and manage time to completion for all your projects. Organize your task list by dragging and dropping and nesting tasks that are grouped together. Documenting your project plan has never been this easy. We 'Gantt' wait for you to try it!

New 5 Why template includes Simplified and Classic versions


Reinventing the 5-Why Template

Classic or Simplified? Wherever you start, enjoy complete flexibility in defining your 'Whys', documenting countermeasures, and annotating! Keep it super 'Simple' with a 5-Why diagram and reserved spaces for countermeasures or choose 'Classic' for a more in depth analysis. Bonus: it integrates into our project tracking software, TRACtion!

  • Simplified: a diagram that puts the 5 Why front and center with defined boxes for temporary and permanent countermeasures
  • Classic: what you get in the simplified version + defined boxes for dates, verification, and checking for regression over time
Copy, Move, Send, and Share Diagrams


Manage Your Diagrams Your Way

  • Copy Your Diagram — create a replica of your current diagram
  • Move Your Diagram — change the project where you can access the diagram
  • Send Your Diagram — create a copy of your diagram to send to another user in your company
  • Share Your Project — our current sharing feature, just in another convenient spot
EngineRoom screen shows ten data sources and the D O E study provided in the kit


Software Validation Kit Released to Support Documentation Needed For FDA Compliance

We recognize that your company may operate in a regulated environment, and agencies like the FDA need more than just "our word" when it comes to validation. To this end, we put together a software validation kit to make it simple for your IT department to run a validation test on EngineRoom. The kit includes documentation on our development process, our security practices, datasets from NIST and corresponding EngineRoom output images. The best part: you will have all of this preloaded into EngineRoom along with the corresponding instructions.

EngineRoom Custom Styling


Innovative VOC Chain Updates to Support Your Design Process

Move seamlessly from brainstorming on an Affinity Diagram to defining CTQCs. Then select your design using Cause & Effect Matrix, Basic QFD, or Pugh Analysis before validating your design with the new scorecard. Your information will auto-populate the next template to reduce work and potential for mistakes. Login to see these new features for yourself!

  • Pugh Analysis tool updated.
  • New Design Scorecard introduced.
  • Data can now be automatically passed from Affinity Diagram to CTQC, Cause & Effect, Basic QFD, Pugh Analysis, and Design Scorecard.
EngineRoom Custom Styling


Sharpen Your Picture

Tell your story in your own way. Choose the styling and colors that best fit your data visualization. We fine tuned EngineRoom's charts to provide high resolution output that goes from number crunching to presentation in a couple quick clicks. Look sharp, be sharp.

Resources For Trainers


Instructor Slide Sets

Introduce your students to all the process improvement tools with a step‐by‐step tour of how to use each tool in EngineRoom. No need to prepare extra class materials — slide sets are available for commonly used Lean and DMAIC tools. If students have questions when they're practicing or later doing project work, they can access the in‐product User Support that includes video tutorials and the same step‐by‐step instructions.

Voice Of Customer Chain of Custody


Voice of the Customer (VOC) Chain of Custody

The revamped VOC tools—Affinity Diagram, CTQC, and Cause & Effect Matrix—help you to better analyze customer feedback and take action with confidence and clarity. We've also added a new feature that unifies these tools and creates a smooth flow of trackable information. A VOC roadmap now appears in the top corner of these new studies, signaling the passage of information from one study to the next.

  • In an Affinity Diagram, click the CTQC icon to pass your category names as drivers.
  • In a CTQC Diagram, click the Cause and Effect Matrix icon to forward the CTQCs.
Engine Room Folders


Folders for Studies

Have a long list of studies? Organize your studies into folders to make them more accessible and visible. Name your folders according to your project phases, types of information, teammates, or other categories of your choice.

Root Cause Tree Analysis


New Tool Added: Root Cause Tree

Identify the Special Case causes that affect the outcome and communicate them efficiently and effectively. Our Root Cause Tree allows you to brainstorm and build diagrams quickly, ready for projects and presentations alike.

Value Stream Mapping


Value Stream Maps Updated: From Messy Sketch to Polished Deliverable

Your working draft can now be presentation-ready with these new enhanced features.

  • See the big picture of your process on the new expanded work area.
  • Create data blocks with pre-formatted objects paired with the specific process step.
  • Build the timeline quicker and cleaner. Easily adjust it as your map changes.
  • Add pizzazz with additional formatting options for all shapes and text.
Process Playground Diagram


Process Playground Added to EngineRoom!

We're proud to introduce the new and improved Process Playground, an online discrete event simulation and process modeling tool, now available in EngineRoom.

Test before you invest with by creating a virtual prototype of your process and experiment with solutions, without the real-life cost.

Switching between DMAIC and Standard Menu


DMAIC and Standard: Switch Between Menu Types

Choose how you want your tools organized.

The default DMAIC menu organizes tools by phase of a DMAIC project. The new Standard menu organizes the EngineRoom toolbox by function, including Planning, Statistics, Lean Tools, and more.

Go to the User menu in the upper-right corner of EngineRoom to change your menu type. Same tools, new format.

Data Editor


Error-proofing Added to Data Editor

EngineRoom helps you get it right the first time. When you upload your data, empty data cells will be highlighted in red. You can also have EngineRoom check for numeric outlier values and inconsistencies in data type (numeric, text, or date). Identify potential issues early and proceed with confidence.

Guided Mode


Guided Mode for Analytical Studies

EngineRoom just got smarter! Guided mode is now available for charts, graphs, and statistical tools. Now, even if you haven't used a particular tool for a long time, you can proceed efficiently and confidently. We'll lead you through step-by-step from entering the right data to making sure you've considered the available options.

New EngineRoom Landing Page


Stakeholder Analysis Template

Develop a plan to keep stakeholders actively engaged to ensure projects are successful and the changes are sustained. This template guides you to identify both internal and external stakeholders and then to create a communications plan for the project's duration.

New EngineRoom Landing Page


Redesigned Landing Page

Take a look at the new landing page that provides a master view of your project work. It's a more visual way to display your project list and provides quicker, more visible access to your studies. There is also a new section for announcements, reminders, and helpful information.

New EngineRoom Landing Page


Improved Fishbone Diagram

See how to capture possible root causes and then easily print, export, and share your brainstorming with EngineRoom's updated fishbone diagram. (Also called Ishikawa or Cause & Effect Diagram.)

New EngineRoom Landing Page


New and Improved Hypothesis Testing Wizard

Take a look at the updates to EngineRoom's Hypothesis Testing Wizard. It streamlines the basic steps to help you setup and run tests with confidence, whether it's your first hypothesis test or you're a frequent user.