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Business Transformation & Operational Excellence World Summit (BTOES19)

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How to Enter The 2019 Organizational Awards

The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards are open to all organizations, both private and public sector, across the globe, which have implemented Operational Excellence programs to deliver outstanding business results and business transformations.

Key Dates: 

May 21, 2018:   Awards Entries Open

September 28, 2018: Early Bird Entry Deadline

November 30, 2018: Awards Entries Close

January 21, 2019:  Awards Shortlist & CEO of the Year Announced

March 20, 2019: Awards Ceremony & Winners Announced   

The Awards will be held in conjunction with the Business Transformation & Operational Excellence World Summit in the beautiful Tuscan Ballroom on March 20, 2019 at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando™

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There are 9 Organizational Categories

Best Achievement of Operational Excellence in Manufacturing

  • This award will be given to an organization in the manufacturing industry, which has achieved the most outstanding business results and business transformation through Operational Excellence deployments.

 

Best Achievement of Operational Excellence in Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences

  • This award will be given to an organization in the pharmaceuticals & life sciences industry, which has achieved the most outstanding business results and business transformation through Operational Excellence deployments.

 

Best Achievement of Operational Excellence in Healthcare

  • This award will be given to an organization in the healthcare industry, which has achieved the most outstanding business results and business transformation through Operational Excellence deployments.

 

Best Achievement of Operational Excellence in Automotive & Transportation

  • This award will be given to an organization in the automotive & transportation industry, which has achieved the most outstanding business results and business transformation through Operational Excellence deployments.

 

Best Achievement of Operational Excellence in Banking, Capital Markets & Insurance

  • This award will be given to an organization in the banking, capital markets & insurance industry, which has achieved the most outstanding business results and business transformation through Operational Excellence deployments.

 

Best Achievement of Operational Excellence in Government & Defense

  • This award will be given to an organization in the government & defense industry, which has achieved the most outstanding business results and business transformation through Operational Excellence deployments.

 

Best Achievement of Operational Excellence in Oil & Gas, Power & Utilities

  • This award will be given to an organization in the oil & gas/power & utilities industry, which has achieved the most outstanding business results and business transformation through Operational Excellence deployments.

 

Best Achievement of Operational Excellence in Technology & Communications

  • This award will be given to an organization in the technology & communications industry, which has achieved the most outstanding business results and business transformation through Operational Excellence deployments.

 

Best Achievement of Operational Excellence in Hospitality & Construction

  • This award will be given to an organization in the hospitality & construction industry, which has achieved the most outstanding business results and business transformation through Operational Excellence deployments.

 

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Entry Guidelines & Rules

Entries to the Organizational categories of The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards program should be for one large, significant impact Operational Excellence project, or a series of multiple smaller projects, which demonstrate how Operational Excellence is being deployed within the organization or the organizational operating unit.

Entries will be required to complete the online entry form outlining the information about the deployment.

An organization or an organizational operating unit may enter only one category.

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Main Entry Document

The main entry document must contain a 250-word synopsis at the beginning of the document and be no longer that four pages of A4. It should outline the following information on the Operational Excellence activity:

The Main Entry Document is your pitch – so your entry should all be in this one document. 

The 250-word synopsis – is a judges’ aid – it allows them to get a summary understanding of your entry and is a useful tool for you to guide them to the key components (i.e. significant results) within your entry. 

These guidelines are your aid to stay focused and to the point. The reason we keep it to four pages is to keep it relevant. Judges do not want to read excessive descriptions; they want a succinct entry and the key facts.

Below is the information required, this is how you will scored – i.e. this is what the judging are looking for. So it is important to ensure that your four page main entry document is covering all the information required. 

 

  • The strategic objectives and scope of the Operational Excellence deployment
    • Short term strategy (1-2 years)
    • Long term strategy (3-5 years)


  • The Operational Excellence implementation and timeline


  • The size of the deployment challenge
    • Number of business divisions in which deployment is a mandate
    • Deployment geographical coverage
    • The penetration of the Operational Excellence deployment across the organization


  • The impact of the Operational Excellence deployment
    • Percentage of trained Operational Excellence, Lean or other Operational Excellence practitioners
    • Number of Operational Excellence projects initiated to-date
    • Percentage of Operational Excellence projects completed to-date


  • The organizational results of Operational Excellence deployment
    • All results must be shown in percentage terms, not absolute values. Where this is not appropriate, raw data will be accepted. There should be evidence of financial business results – earnings/ sales revenues/margins but the judges will also take into account the strategic relevance of the results achieved. 

Best Practises for your Main Entry Document

The main entry document must contain a 250-word synopsis at the beginning of the document and be no longer that four pages of A4

 

Read the guidelines thoroughly

Ensure you are following the guidelines specifically based on the category you are applying for – don’t have any information gaps where you could lose points – remember your entry will work it way through the ranks on its score. It’s absolutely crucial that you pay strict attention to detail here, as there are subtle differences that can easily be overlooked. 

Enlist the help of your Comms Department

It is so obvious when a good, trained writer has helped to put the entry together  - judges love to read well-written entries, and in many cases, a well-written entry is more likely to win as it drives interest, and reads easily. 

View your Entry as a 10 minute pitch opportunity or case study

You have to impress the judges, and you will probably at the outset get 10 or so minutes of their attention - If you impress them, then they will give you more time as they consider how to score your entry, and be more considerate on their scoring – that’s human nature! Impress them, and they will fight your corner when it comes to debating the winners.

Keep it concise and relevant

Even if you are left with a free quarter page after all the key information has been supplied, don’t be tempted to fill the space with irrevelant information. Many awards wins come from entries with word counts well below the requirement. Blank space on a space can be very attractive to a judge working through dozens of applications! 

Let the results do the talking

This awards program is about results – cost reductions, sales growth, productivity improvement, etc, etc – give us the facts. Litter your entries with facts, clear charts, and a clean presentation, and you are bound to do so much better for it.

Get a colleague to proof-read 

Make sure that your entry makes good sense to an external reader, which is what the judges will be. An employee may not tell you exactly like it is, and you need someone slightly removed to ensure this is the case. This will de-internalise your document, and make sure that it makes sense!

A clear structure

Ensure your document is clearly laid out for the judges to make short work of your case study - make images clear and informative, try to avoid rambling, keep the facts at the forefront. Ensure the document is neat, and the writing flows easily - no text boxes all over the place!

Who Can Enter and How to Enter

The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards are open to all companies, both private and public sector, across the globe, which have implemented Operational Excellence methodologies to deliver organizational excellence and outstanding business results.

There is no minimum requirement or restriction on the scale of the Operational Excellence project.  Each entry will be judged on the merits of the program implementation and results achieved against the organization’s strategic objectives.  

Please do take the time to read the Entry Guidelines & Rules section for each award category, the Criteria for the Judging Panel, and the Tips for Improving Your Entries to ensure you smooth entry for this prestigious Awards program.  

We look forward to receiving your entry submission the deadline date. 

Please do contact us at awards@proqis.com if you require any further assistance.

Make these Awards a priority now to ensure that you do not miss out on this great opportunity.

How To Enter

Entries must be submitted through our online entry form. 

Entry Deadline

The early bird deadline is 11.59pm (PST) on Friday, September 28, 2018
The final deadline is 11.59pm (PST) on Friday, November 30, 2018.  

Price of Entry

$195.00 if received before Friday, September 28, 2018

$295 if received before Friday, November 30, 2018.  

Tips for Improving your Entries

 We apologise is some of these sound like common sense.

  • Read the guidelines thoroughly – don’t have any information gaps where you could lose points – remember your entry will work it way through the ranks on its score.
  • Follow the guidelines – this makes it easier for the judges to find the information they need and to compare entries.
  • Understanding the categories and their distinct entry requirements.
  • Select the best – so ensure that you have selected your best achievements.
  • Don't exceed the maximum limit for materials, (e.g. Main Entry Document 4 pages), for each part of your entry – this will only result in potential disqualification.
  • Keep to the point, concise and relevant; don't elaborate unless it will truly enhance your entry. Even if you are left with a free quarter page after all the key information has been supplied, don’t be tempted to fill the space with irrelevant information.  Our award team have work many programs, and they regularly see award-winning entries, which are shorter that the pagination allowed.
  • Enlist the help of your Comms Department – it is so obvious when a good trained writer has helped to put the entry together  - judges love to read well-written entries.
  • Seek an objective opinion – ask colleagues from another division to give you their honest opinion on your draft entry.
  • View your Entry as a 10 minute pitch opportunity or case study
  • Let the results do the talking.
  • View your Entry as a 10-minute pitch opportunity – you have to impress those judges. You will at the outset get 10 minutes of their attention and if you have impressed them, then they will give you more time as they consider how to score your entry – that’s human nature!
  • Let the results do the talking – this awards program is about results – cost reductions, sales growth, productivity improvement, etc, etc – give them the facts.
  • Get a colleague to proof-read – not one of your team members but someone from another department or your partner to make that your entry makes good sense to an external reader, which is what the judges will be.
  • Think about the right category for your entry – ensure that your entry is submitted for the category where it stands the best chance of winning.
  • Ensure that you cross reference charts, graphs, reports, etc. from your supporting materials to the relevant point in your entry form.
  • Avoid classic mistakes such as spelling and bad grammar.
  • Don't try to bend the rules – this only irritates the judges and you run the risk that your entry being disqualified.  

 

Common Pitfalls we see in Entries to Avoid.

  • Very poor presentation of the facts.
  • Too much irrelevant material.
  • Links that do not lead to the right information.
  • Blinded by too much data and not enough narrative.
  • Not concise, relevant and to the point.
  • No mention of the customer benefit?
  • Too long – they broke the rules.
  • Did not select the best materials to submit.

Supporting Materials

Entrants may supply supporting materials to provide further insight to the Operational Excellence deployment. These materials must be no longer than two pages of A4 and should only contain sample material from the deployment. Typically they may include examples of internal documentation, organograms, internal and expert reports.

Entries do not need to have supporting materials but if you do include them do cross reference them within your main entry document so that the judges are actively encouraged to read them.

We used to allow more pagination for supporting materials but the judges found that generally there was too much material supplied that was not directly pertinent to the entry and thus were less than enthusiastic about reading through it.

Support documents can be supplied in confidence, please mark this on the supporting document, and they will be destroyed after view. 

Criteria for the Judging Panel

The judges will consider the following criteria when grading all organizational entries:

  1. Value Generation: how significant to the organization was the value generated from the Operational Excellence deployment
  2. Customer Benefit: the beneficial impact of the deployment results on customers – internal and external
  3. Organizational Learning: how did the organization develop as a result of the Operational Excellence deployment
  4. Implementation: the quality of the implementation process in the deployment
  5. Strategic Relevance: how does the Operational Excellence deployment fit in with the organization’s strategic objectives
  6. Leadership Engagement: the level of senior management involvement

The Scoring Matrix is as follows:

Value Generation

 

Score 1-3 - Results not that impressive

 

Score 4-6 - Results fairly impressive

 

Score 7-10 Results very to exceedingly Impressive

Customer Benefit

 

Score 1-3 - No strong evidence of customer benefit

 

Score 4-6 - Entry shows reasonable level of customer benefit

 

Score 7-10- Evident that there has been significant customer benefit

Organizational Learning

 

Score 1-3  - No clear signs of organizational development through Operational Excellence

 

Score 4-6 - Entry shows reasonable levels of organizational development through Operational Excellence

 

Score 7-10 - Evident that there has been significant organizational development though Operational Excellence

Implementation

 

Score 1-3 - Implementation process is not impressive

 

Score 4-6 - Implementation process is to a reasonable standard

 

Score 7-10 - Implementation process is of an impressive standard

Strategic Relevance

 

Score 1-3 - Operational Excellence does not factor strongly within the organizational strategy

 

Score 4-6 - Operational Excellence plays a reasonable role within organizational strategy

 

Score 7-10 - Operational Excellence has a key role within the organizational strategy

Leadership Engagement

 

Score 1-3 - No strong evidence of senior management involvement

 

Score 4-6 - Entry shows reasonable level of senior management involvement

 

Score 7-10 - Evidence of significant involvement of senior management

 

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Previous Winning Case Studies

This awards program started back in 2006, as The Global Six Sigma Awards and took place in conjunction with the Global Lean Six Sigma and Business Improvement Summit, and quickly became the industry’s most prestigious program. This was not only due to its size, but importantly due to the two-step scoring & judging ratification process, a strict policy to avoid no conflicts of interest, and a confidentiality agreement that judges sign-up to, which still exists in today awards.

BTOES has taken over this elite awards program and has taken it into the new age of Operational Excellence focused not just on Lean Six Sigma and incremental improvements at the operational level, but also strongly aligned with strategy execution, value creation, customer experience, and business transformation to create the future.

Please click here to view a list of previous winning case studies