The Shingo Prize accepts applications for organizations and for research and professional publications. Organizations can be awarded at three levels; Shingo Bronze Medallion, Shingo Silver Medallion and The Shingo Prize. Research and professional publications are awarded at one level, The Shingo Research and Professional Publications Award. There are three levels of recognition in place for organizations to encourage them to embark on the journey as early as possible. A third party, non-biased assessment of your organization can be eye-opening and the feedback can accelerate your cultural transformation.
The Shingo Prize
The Shingo Prize is awarded to organizations that demonstrate a culture where principles of operational excellence are deeply embedded into the thinking and behavior of all leaders, managers and associates.
Performance is measured both in terms of business results and the degree to which business, management and work systems are driving appropriate and optimum behavior at all levels. Leadership is beginning to focus on insuring that principles of operational excellence are deeply imbedded into the culture and regularly assessed for improvement.
Managers are beginning to focus on continuously improving systems to drive behavior that is closely aligned with the principles of operational excellence. Associates have begun to take responsibility for improving not only their work systems but also others within their value stream. Understanding the “Why” has penetrated the associate level of the organization.
Improvement activity has begun to focus on the enterprise as a whole. At the shingo prize level the scorecard has clearly defined performance measures and is beginning to include behavior measures. Key measures are stable, predictable and mature with positive trends and few anomalies. There are realistic and challenging goals in most areas with a good understanding of world-class performance. Most measures are aligned to corporate goals and cascade to the lowest level. Silos are difficult to identify.
The Shingo Silver Medallion
The Shingo Silver Medallion: is awarded to organizations that demonstrate strong use of tools and techniques, have mature systems that drive improvement, and are beginning to align thinking and organizational behavior with correct principles of operational excellence.
Leadership is involved in improvement efforts and supports the alignment of principles of operational excellence with systems. Managers are deeply involved and focused on driving behaviors through the design of systems. Associates are involved every day in using improvement tools to drive continuous improvement in their areas of responsibility. Understanding the “Why” has begun to penetrate the associate level of the organization. Improvement activity is focused on multiple business processes
At the silver level the scorecard has a broad spectrum of measures and is beginning to include behavioral elements. Key measures are stable with mostly positive trends and all levels understand how to affect the measures appropriately for their areas.
There are goals being set in most business processes. Alignment is clear and apparent in most business processes, where it is not plans have been set in place to bring them into alignment. There are few silos left.
The Shingo Bronze Medallion
The Shingo Bronze Medallion: is awarded to organizations that demonstrate strong use of tools and techniques for business improvement and are working to develop effective systems to create continuity and consistency of tools application throughout the business entity.
Leadership is setting the direction for improvement and supports the efforts of others. Managers are involved in developing systems and helping others use tools effectively. Associates are trained and participate at a high rate on improvement projects. Understanding the “why” has still not penetrated down to the associate level of the organization. Improvement activity is still heavily focused on operations and has begun in support areas. At the bronze level measures are beginning to communicate cause and effect.
Key measures have begun to stabilize with trends being mostly positive with some backsliding still evident. There are goals being set in many areas outside of operations. Alignment may still be weak in areas other than operations but efforts are being made to improve and work toward aligning the entire enterprise. Silos are beginning to fall.
The Shingo Research and Professional Publications Award
The Shingo Research and Professional Publications Award: is awarded to authors for their writing on operational excellence and promote and recognizes new knowledge and understanding.
Awards are given in four categories: (1) books (monographs), (2) published articles, (3) case studies, and (4) applied publications/multimedia programs. Research or publications submitted should provide new theory or novel application. Reviews, re-statements, textbooks, and/or edited versions will generally not be considered.