Most manufacturing professionals have heard of the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence, which is named for the great Japanese engineer Shigeo Shingo -- the co-inventor of the world-famous Toyota Production System. There's a widespread understanding in manufacturing that winning the Shingo demonstrates the achievement of excellence by the successful group. The goal -- a Shingo Prize -- provides a focal point and a set of standards to be met that are well-tested, logical, and reality-based. The Shingo model's principles are organized into four dimensions: cultural enablers, continuous process improvement, enterprise alignment, and results. Implementing the Shingo method requires using all these principles, and testing every part of a business for consistency with them. Supporting principles, rather less abstract, are building blocks for these guiding principles: 1. Respect every individual. 2. Lead with humility. 3. Focus on process. 4. Embrace scientific thinking. 5. Flow and pull value. 6. Assure quality at the source. 7. Seek perfection.