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Lean or Leaning or LEAN may refer to:

In business and in government[edit]

  • Lean product development, lean thinking applied to product development
  • Lean startup, how to start a company in a lean way
  • Lean manufacturing, process improvement discipline
  • Lean construction is a translation and adaption of lean manufacturing principles and practices to the end-to-end design and construction process
  • Lean laboratory, application of lean manufacturing principles in a laboratory
  • Lean services, application of lean manufacturing principles in a service operation
  • Lean software development, lean manufacturing principles applied to software development
  • Lean integration, application of lean manufacturing principles to data and systems integration
  • Lean higher education, application of lean manufacturing principles in Higher Education
  • Lean Six Sigma, combination of lean and six sigma approaches.
  • Lean accounting, move away from traditional accounting methods to a system that measures and motivates excellent business practices in the lean enterprise.
  • Lean Government, application of Lean thinking to government


  • David Lean, English film director, producer and editor
  • Le'an County, in Jiangxi, China
  • Lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush), a freshwater char living mainly in lakes in northern North America
  • Lean, also called "purple drank" "sizzurp," or "syrup," a recreational drug based on cough syrup
  • Lean meat
  • Leaning, gospel reggae album by Sherwin Gardner 2002

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