The Shingo Prize is named in honour of Dr. Shigeo Shingo. He was instrumental in developing the Toyota Production System, and the Shingo Prize is dubbed the “Nobel Prize of Manufacturing” by BusinessWeek. It was established in 1988 at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University as the benchmark for Enterprise Excellence.
Shingo Consulting – The Shingo Prize and our Shingo Heritage
The Shingo prize measures an organisation’s establishment of a culture anchored on principles of operational excellence based on the understanding that Enterprise Excellence is much more than the application of lean tools. The Shingo Model™ is not just another initiative; it is a new way of thinking.
Back in 2013 the Shingo Institute formed a collaborative partnership with S A Partners to bring this knowledge to a wider global audience. Today we have a fully accredited Shingo team that is capable of delivering all six courses, creating Shingo Alumni, developing organisations and assessing Shingo challenges in either English, Spanish or Mandarin. Since being awarded affiliate trainer status we have run over 150 courses and trained over 1,500 candidates, we supplement our formal Shingo training with half day awareness sessions and the Shingo Forum for organisations interested in pursuing and Enterprise Excellence Journey.
The Shingo Model
The Shingo Model is based around 10 Guiding Principles which align the systems within an organisation and the specific tools required to produce results.
- Respect every individual
- Lead with humility
- Seek perfection
- Assure quality at source
- Flow and pull value
- Embrace scientific thinking
- Focus on process
- Think systemically
- Create constancy of purpose
- Create value for the customers
The Shingo approach is a way of creating sustainable and excellent results. This involves overcoming two major hurdles:
- Moving beyond the ‘implement the tools stage’ to look at complete systems
- Bridging the functional & cultural change gap by connecting the traditional technical approaches to improvement with the leadership and change management required
Download The Shingo Model Handbook, and find out more about how we can help you on your Shingo journey (link to “How can we help you” page)
To find how we can help, or if you would like a Shingo Assessment carried out, please contact:
At S A Partners we have developed a simple 7 step approach seen below, that can help you create your own Shingo journey. You can click on th eimage to download as a PDF:
The real benefit of applying the Shingo approach is the creation of a Culture of Improvement where excellence is achieved through people across the whole organisation and in the whole spectrum of business results.
It is not what you see; it is in what you feel, hear and the positive emotions that you experience in being in such an organisation. It is the way people are respected, led and inspired.
It is not the winning of a Prize, but the journey that is key.
At S A Partners we have worked with several Shingo prize winning sites.
Vale were the first UK Company to be awarded the Shingo Silver Medallion in 25 years with just one other European company being previously recognised at that level. Simon Grogan, S A Partners MD for Europe who’s worked closely with the company, said that “it’s a fantastic reward for the hard work Vale and S A Partners have been putting in together over the last few years”.
Being an affiliate of the Shingo Institute, S A Partners are pleased to announce that a team within the Direct Channels Division at the Common Wealth Bank of Australia (CBA) have become the first ever financial team to reach Shingo Silver Medallion status from the Shingo Institute.
The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (the Group) is one of Australia’s leading organizations, providing integrated financial services, including retail, premium, business and institutional banking, funds management, superannuation, insurance, investment and share-broking.
Not every organisation we work with decides they want to make a Shingo challenge. This is not the point of the Shingo approach. However, for many it is a good recognition of your people’s collective effort and can be highly motivational.
If you do wish to make a challenge, we can draw on our experience of almost 20 challenges to help you. We can help you:
- Understand the challenge process
- Prepare an achievement report
- Respond to clarification questions from the Shingo Examiner team
- Prepare for an on-site assessment and the examiners review
Our team are all licensed Shingo trainers with a detailed understanding of the Shingo model. Fiona Buttrey, John Quirke, Colin Scott, and Richard Young, are Shingo examiners who have worked with the Shingo Institute to assess sites challenging for Shingo recognition. This has given them a deep understanding of the assessment process, and they can advise potential challengers on what to expect during an examination.
Fiona Buttrey was the CI lead at Vale’s Clydach Nickel Refinery throughout their Shingo journey, culminating in a Shingo Silver Medallion. This has given her practical experience of how to write a Shingo achievement report, and how to prepare for and execute a site visit.
Below is our list of publications that have been awarded a Shingo prize for excellence.
S A Partners clients who have been awarded a Shingo Prize for Excellence
Meet the S A Partners Shingo assessor and facilitator team:
Colin Scott (USA)
Richard Young (AU)
John Quirke (IE)
Fiona Buttrey (UK)
Ailsa Carson (UK)