The Shingo Prize model evaluates 11 critical operational qualities, grouped into the following categories:
I. Leadership Culture and Infrastructure 150 points Total
a. Leadership 75 points
b. Empowerment 75 points
II. Manufacturing Strategies and
a. Manufacturing Vision and Strategy 50 points
b. Product and Market Service Innovation 50 points
c. Partnering with Suppliers and Customers; Environmental Practices 100 points
d. World Class Manufacturing Operations and Processes 250 points
e. Nonmanufacturing Support Functions 100 points
III. Quality, Cost and Delivery 225 points
IV. Customer Satisfaction and Profitability 75 points
Each section requires evidence of programs advancing that concept at the facility. Management for example, requires description of knowledge management systems and business results; allocation of resources for deploying mission, vision, values and strategy; communication and measurement of quality, cost and delivery standards; and philosophy encouraging and recognizing innovation and entrepreneurship.
Manufacturing documentation includes time-based, just-in-time manufacturing; value stream mapping; 5S; standardized work; use of productive, preventive or predictive maintenance; quick changeover or setup reductions (Single Minute Exchange of Die); visual workplace; cellular manufacturing; Six Sigma; Statistical Process Control; Theory of Constraints and other methods.
Did that scare you off? If not, theres still time to send an intent to apply to the Shingo Prize organization. The deadline for 2008 is June 1. For more information, see www.shingoprize.org.