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How Do I Choose the Best Process Control Books?

Jennifer Leigh
Jennifer Leigh

Process control is a method of analyzing data in various settings to look at the differences between what is happening in the present and what occurred in the past. When choosing process control books, it is important to look for methods of analysis that are useful in your field and the ways that you will be utilizing the books. For instance, you might be taking a class on process control for a college course. Many organizations will recommend process control books based upon what has worked in the past, but it might be necessary to talk to others in your field to find out current books that include best practices for process control.

The method looks at different statistical ways to analyze change, so you need to learn more about these methods to choose the right books. Beginning level process control books would be best if they introduced and described these basic analysis techniques including histograms, check sheets and Pareto charts. Other methods of analysis include scatter diagrams and control charts. You need to be able to understand these beginning concepts before diving into more complicated analysis techniques. Look for books that explain these concepts in a way that you understand, such as using examples or visual aids.

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Once you have mastered the basics, the best process control books will focus on describing analysis techniques in much greater detail. These books are for people who have an understanding of process control and want to become more advanced. The author of the book that you choose should be an expert in the process control field in order to delve deeply into the subject. Look for authors with specific training in process control of at least the master's level, but preferably of doctoral degree level in the subject matter.

If you need process control books, there is a good chance that you are using them for a job or for school. Talk to people in your classes, your peers, or your colleagues at work about books that they enjoyed in the subject matter. Speak to your boss or your professor to find recommendations on process control books, as those working and teaching in the field will likely have a lot of information to impart regarding the best choices. Make sure to shop around before purchasing, so that you find good deals on the process control books that you decide upon.

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