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Business Transformation & Operational Excellence World Summit & Industry Awards

The Largest Premier Gathering of Leadership-Level Industry Leaders & Senior-Executives. The Best Audience. The Most Engaging Event.

How to Enter The 2017 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: 

October 16, 2016:   Awards Entries Open

December 31, 2016: Awards Entries Close

January 24, 2017:  Awards Shortlist & CEO of the Year Announced

March 22, 2017: Awards Ceremony & Winners Announced   

The Awards will be held in conjunction with the Business Transformation & Operational Excellence World Summit in the beautiful Palm Ballroom on March 22, 2017 at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort.

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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 Retail

  • This award will be given to an organization in the Retail 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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Best Practises for your Main Entry Document

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!

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. 

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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Information on Entering

How To Enter

Entries must be submitted through the online entry form.

 

Entry Deadline

The early bird deadline is 11.59pm (PST) on Wednesday November 30, 2016.
The late deadline is 11.59pm (PST) on Friday December, 31, 2016

 

Price of Entry

$195.00 if received before Wednesday, November 30, 2016

$295 if received before Friday, December 31, 2016. 

 

Awards Presentation 

The winning Awards will be presented at The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards Gala Event on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in the beautiful Palm Ballroom at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort


The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards Book

The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards Book will feature all the Award winners in each of the categories. It will provide insightful case-study materials, which the winning organisations have achieved through the application of Operational Excellence methodologies.  The Awards Book will be published shortly after the awards program. 

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.

BTOES17 has taken over this elite awards program and have 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