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How to Enter The 2017 Project 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 12 Project Awards Categories

  • Best Achievement in Cultural Transformation & Sustainability to deliver a high performing Enterprise Excellence culture.
  • Best Achievement in Operational Excellence to deliver an outstanding Business Expansion and Revenue Growth.
  • Best Achievement in Operational Excellence to deliver an outstanding Customer Experience Excellence.
  • Best Achievement in Operational Excellence to deliver Business Transformation
  • Best Achievement in Operational Excellence to deliver Digital Transformation
  • Best Achievement in Operational Excellence to deliver an outstanding Value Creation or Innovation Execution project
  • Best Achievement in Technology Enabled Process Automation (Robotic Process Automation, Machine Learning, Cognitive Learning, Blockchain etc)
  • Best Achievement in Data Analytics enabling Operational Excellence
  • Best Achievement in Visual Management
  • Best Achievement in Cloud Infrastructure enabling Operational Excellence
  • Best Achievement in Virtual Reality to drive Operational Excellence programs
  • Best Operational Excellence project under 90 days


Entry Guidelines & Rules

Entries to the business process excellence categories of The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards should be for one Operational Excellence project. 

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

Multiple projects can be entered, but each project can only be entered once. 

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 project

  • The Operational Excellence project implementation and timeline

  • The size of the project challenge

  • The organizational impact of the Operational Excellence project
    • How the process ownership has been established to support ongoing operational excellence projects


  • The business results of Operational Excellence project
    • 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!

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 entries:

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


The Scoring Matrix is as follows:

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

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



Score 1-3 - Implementation process is not impressive


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


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

Organizational Learning


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


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


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

Creative Use of Tools


Score 1-3 - Project deployment shows little or no evidence of being innovative


Score 4-6 - Project deployment shows reasonable evidence of being innovative


Score 7-10 - Project deployment shows significant evidence of being innovative


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 Friday November 10, 2017.
The late deadline is 11.59pm (PST) on Friday December, 1, 2017.


Price of Entry

$195.00 if received before Friday November 10, 2017.

$295 if received before Friday, December 1, 2017. 


Awards Presentation 

The winning Awards will be presented at The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards Gala Event on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

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