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OK, So What Does “LEAN” Stand For?
People often ask if Lean, as in phrases like Lean manufacturing, Lean healthcare, or Lean Startup should be spelled in all-caps like LEAN.
Or they don't ask and 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 I just capitalize the first letter — Lean not LEAN.
It shouldn't be LEAN in this context, as it's not an acronym (unless people are making a cynical joke like “
Lean grammar cop, signing off…. :-)
Read more about the origins of the phrase “Lean Production” here:
Oh, I did see the Leaning Tower of Pisa back in 2010…
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