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with attention to detail is critical. Predesign planning TECHNOMETRICS, FEBRUARY 1993, VOL. 35, NO. 1 C. MONTGOMERY is one part of the process by which experiments are
conceived, planned, executed, and interpreted. It is
often the part claimed by no one, hence it is often
sloppily. The use of predesign
experiment guide sheets provides a way to systematize the process by which an experimentation team
does this planning, to help people to (a) more clearly
define the objectives and scope of an experiment and
(b) gather information needed to design an experiment. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
We much appreciate the patient tolerance of the
people who cooperated in the first use of this systematic approach, especially E. Malecki, R. Sanders,
G. S. Smith, and R. Welsh, who provided the initial
opportunity. G. Hahn, members of the Alcoa Laboratories Statistics group (L. Blazek, M. Emptage,
A. Jaworski, K. Jensen, B. Novic, and D. Scott), P.
Love, and M. Peretic also provided useful insight
and comments. The thoughtful comments provided
by the referees and editor considerably improved the
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