Here’s one I hadn’t heard before.
The Marine Fisheries Agency, a branch of the British government, has announced a series of grants intended to modernize and enhance the competitiveness of
The 39 grants total £3,000,000 and include everything from small-scale vessel modernizations to major port improvements.
But buried in the list is this: £31,000 to something called SFIA in
That’s not a lot of money, and the news release doesn’t explain what SFIA is. However, I’m always glad to see lean embraced – even in a small, tentative way – by a new industry.
It makes you wonder: Where will these lean six sigma efforts focus? On what fishermen do while out on the water? On how the fish are processed once the ship returns to port? Intriguing.
Can you think of other industries where lean is not currently being applied and where it could be valuable? I’d like to focus on industries you wouldn’t normally think of as candidates for lean. (Of course, it’s hard to think of an industry where lean would NOT be valuable, but some industries might hold greater potential than others.)
Fish has always been praised as a source of lean protein. Now that phrase might take on a whole new meaning.