What does “LEAN” Stand For?
People often ask if Lean, as in Lean manufacturing, Lean healthcare, etc. should be spelled in all-caps like LEAN. Or, they don’t ask and they just do it. I see LEAN far too often in emails from hospitals, case studies, and articles online, but usually not in news sources.
I tend to capitalize the L in Lean as it’s arguably a proper noun, much as people often capitalize Six Sigma or the Toyota Production System. But it shouldn’t be LEAN in this context, as it’s not an acronym (unless people are making a cynical joke like “Less Employees Are Needed”). It *is* an acronym when referring to the Lean Education Academic Network, or LEAN.
Lean grammar cop signing off…. :-)
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