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Dorian Awards | 2023

Calling all Problem Solvers & Leaders

The Dorian Awards

Throughout the year we guide you and your teams in developing your problem solving skills so you can solve any problem faster and more efficiently. Now it’s time to recognize your successes.

About the Awards

Every year, teams across the world complete problem solving projects worthy of recognition. The 2023 Dorian Awards will honor problem solving teams, leaders, and companies who exemplified outstanding application of Shainin methods or leadership during the 2022 year.

These projects are of critical importance to our customers. They help resolve long-standing issues, improve bottom lines, and enhance operations around the globe.

You can honor superior performance by nominating excellent teams, leaders, and organizations for a Dorian Award.

2023 Dorian Award Trophy - Clear, angular vertical palque on a clear base with Dorian Awards Logo embossed on it
Craig Hysong presenting a 2022 Dorain Award Trophy

Deadlines & Timeline

Nominations Open: November 1, 2022
Nominations Close: December 12, 2022
Review of Nominations: December 2022
Announcement of Finalists: January 2023
Announcement of Winners: February 2023

How it Works

Submit a Nomination

To nominate a project for consideration, follow these steps:

Step 1: Complete a project using Shainin methods

  • Complete the project
  • Fully document the project using the appropriate templates
  • PDF the Project Report

Step 2: Submit a nomination

  • Submit a nomination at the link below no later than 12pm EST on December 12, 2022
  • Complete all requested fields
  • Include the project report

Step 3: Connect with tech

  • To get real-time updates about nominations, finalist announcements and winners, follow us on LinkedIn
  • Watch your email for notifications regarding your nomination status

Ready to Nominate?

Award Nomination Categories & Criteria

Do you know a problem-solving team who dedicated themselves to solving your facility’s most critical issues? Is there a leader who should be recognized for effectively selecting and sponsoring impactful projects? Now is the time to nominate them!

Don’t have their project files? Send them this link to complete a nomination submission.

Company Awards

This category of awards is for companies who have succesfully developed a Red X Program within a facility, division, region, or company and can demonstrate impactful improvements based on that development.

Bottom Line Improvement Award

Did your program have incredible financial results or impactful savings? Have your projects reduced warranty claims, prevented field failures or created other measureable improvements? You might be eligible for this award.

Project of the year Awards

This category of awards is for project teams who have demonstrated outstanding application of Shainin methodologies in solving complex problems within their company.

Plant Manufacturing Savings Project of the Year

Did your project have impactful savings for your plant or facility? Has your project contributed to major savings for your company? Did your project require creative application of Shainin methods? You might be eligible for this award.

Field reliability project of the year

Did your project improve field reliability for your products? Has your project shown a decrease in reliability issues while requiring a creative application of Shainin methods? What about demonstrated a control method for reliability failures? You might be eligible for this award.

Product Development project of the year

Has your project focused on controlling or eliminating product development failures? Did your project allow your company to achieve a trouble-free product launch? You might be eligible for this award.

Resilient engineering problem prevention project of the year

Did your project reveal potential issues early in the development process? Have your project findings helped you uncover potential critical issues that would have gone otherwise unnoticed allowing you to avoid costly changes later? You might be eligible for this award.

Transaxional business project of the year

Did your project resolve an impactful process problem? Have your projects reduced downtime, miscommunication, or process complexity? You might be eligible for this award.

Leadership Awards

This category of awards is for leaders who have increased the impact of problem solving using Shainin technologies within their organization.

Rolling Top 5 Leadership excellence

Has problem solving program inspired growing trust with your customers? Have your efforts to implement the RT5 structure increased your problem solving performance? Do you have a structured program that identifies & guides teams to solving impactful projects? You might be eligible for this award.

Red X Master of the Year

Did your coaching projects make a significant impact at your organization? Have your skills expanded the impact of Shainin technology within your company? Have you coached multiple people through projects and ceritification? You might be eligible for this award.

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Inquiries & Questions

Thank you for your interest and support of the Dorian Awards Program.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us via our website. 

Curious about past awards?

Past Recipients

The commitment, dedication, and innovation within problem solving is demonstrated by past recipients serving as models for others in the problem solving world.

Older Dorian Award Trophy

Dorian Awards Criteria

Master of the year Award

The Master of the Year Award is for leaders who have increased the impact of problem solving using Shainin technologies within their organization.

To be considered for this award, the submission must meet the following criteria:

  • Applies leadership skills to expand the impact of Red X technologies within the organizatio
  • Results including projects completed that made a significant impact to improving business performance
  • The number of individuals coached to certification

Dorian Awards Criteria

RT5 Leadership Award

The Rolling Top 5 Leadership Award is for leaders who have increased the impact of problem solving using Shainin technologies within their organization.

To be considered for this award, the submission must meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates leadership guidance, structural framework, and effective mentoring of a dynamic problem-solving culture
  • Conducts regular reviews to ensure that key projects are solved quickly and efficiently
  • Encourages major suppliers and customers to jointly solve problems by using Shainin methods and leveraging the results
  • Actively recognizes and rewards outstanding performance in problem- solving
  • The number of successful projects and certifications

Dorian Awards Criteria

Team Project Awards

This category of awards is for project teams who have demonstrated outstanding application of Shainin methodologies in solving complex problems within their company.

To be considered for this award, the submission must meet the following criteria:

  • Speed and efficiency of the problem solved
  • Technical difficulty and complexity of the problem solved
  • Project impact and leverage across the organization
  • Creative use of Shainin technologies
  • Clarity of the project documentation

Dorian Awards Criteria

Company Award

This category of awards is for companies who have succesfully developed a Red X Program within a facility, division, region, or company and can demonstrate impactful improvements based on that development.

To be considered for this award, the submission must meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates impact of Shainin technology greatly improving key business metrics. 
  • Examples include: scrap reduction, yield improvement, throughput, warranty reductions, field failure avoidance, and other technical solutions resulting in savings. 
  • Enables a successful launch of a new program or product.