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The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence

For 20 years The Shingo Prize has educated,

The Shingo Prize evaluation criteria are based

assessed and recognised operational excellence on an enterprise-wide lean business systems
in outstanding companies in North America. Now model. Masaaki Imai, Chair, Kaizen Institute
it is being rolled out to the rest of the world. The described the Shingo Prize as the only award
philosophy of the Shingo Prize is that world-class programme in the world focused on lean
manufacturing and the elimination of muda.
performance in quality, cost and delivery can be
The model demands system integration based
achieved through lean principles and techniques on proven lean manufacturing and business
in core operational and business processes. practices. The Shingo Prize criteria focus on
Dubbed the Nobel Prize of Manufacturing by customer satisfaction and profitability; quality,
Business Week, the Shingo Prize is recognised as cost and delivery; lean core operations;
leadership and empowerment.
the premier award for operational excellence.The
A Board of Examiners
Shingo Prize singular focus is on achieving consisting of lean leaders from
demonstrable business results through the around the world carry out the
application of Dr. Shingos levels of rigorous process of
evaluating the 75 page
transformation: lean principles, systems, and
Achievement Report that will
techniques/tools. True innovation is not achieved be validated during the 2-3 day
by superficial imitation or the isolated or random company Site Evaluation Visit.
use of lean tools and techniques and systems, the Based upon the assessment
know how, but instead requires the know why results the Board will
recommend the applicant to the
- i.e., an understanding of underlying principles.
Executive Committee for the
The Shingo Prize model articulates the Shingo Bronze Medallion, the
characteristics of a successful world class lean Shingo Silver Medallion or The
enterprise. Shingo Prize.

The Shingo Prize is administered by the Jon M. Huntsman School

of Business at Utah State University in association with
The Manufacturing Institute.
Email: info@shingoprize.org.uk
Web: www.shingoprize.org.uk Tel: +44 (0)161 875 2525
Shingo Prize winning companies are
expanding their lean focus to all their business
processes and through all the Shingo levels
of transformation. They are creating cultures
of continuous improvement and empowering
their organizations to see improvement
opportunities more clearly. Previous
recipients have demonstrated best-practice
in world-class processes and have achieved
outstanding results delivering superior
quality, competitive cost and high customer
The Shingo Prize is open to enterprises of all
kinds that have embedded the lean principles,
systems, and techniques/tools in their
organisation and are seeing sustained
business success.
The Shingo Prize Model and Business
Guidelines provide companies with a blueprint
for lean transformation and the attainment
of operational excellence that will drive an
organisation through the levels of
transformation and build a solid foundation for
deep cultural change. These are
supplemented by The Principles of
Operational Excellence and Assessment Shigeo Shingo
workshops that provide practical guidance on The Shingo Prize is named in honour of the late Dr.
how to prepare to challenge for the Shingo Shigeo Shingo. Dr. Shingo has
Prize. Participants will learn how to use the been described as an
assessment methodologies to drive engineering genius who
transformation and how to present and helped create, train and write
about many aspects of the
substantiate their achievements and business
renowned Toyota Production
results. System and related production
The first UK recipients were recognised at the systems. Many of his
UK/US Shingo Summit held in Manchester in improvement principles, such
June 2009. Bronze Medallions were awarded as Single-Minute-Exchange-of
Die (quick changeover), Poka-Yoke (mistake proofing)
to Ultraframe UK Limited and BAE Systems
and non-stock production (minimum inventory) are
Salmesbury. described in six books published in the English