Inefficiency is a failure to make productive use of resources. It is synonymous with waste. The following are common types of inefficiency.Doing the wrong thing. For example, a product or service that fails on the market due to a flawed product strategy.
Doing things in an unnecessarily complicated, wasteful or ineffective way. For example, a slow machine that represents a bottleneck on a production line.
ToolsIneffective tools such as software with an unusable user interface or automation with a defective design.An inefficient structure such as a firm with too many middle managers and too few hands-on workers.
EnergyMachines, devices, vehicles and buildings are bad at converting input energy into something useful.Failing to use available knowledge. For example, a software designer who repeats well known design mistakes.
CultureA culture of negative politics, petty authority or malicious compliance.
Inefficient use of time such as long meetings that don't go anywhere.
EconomicsInefficient economics such as cronyism and perverse incentives.
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