A bottleneck is a hindrance to productivity, efficiency or speed. The term is an analogy to the shape of a bottle that narrows at the neck. A bottleneck is typically an component of a process that is slower than everything that depends on it. The following are examples of bottlenecks.
ApprovalsA solar project takes 2 months to construct but waits 4 months for government approval.
ManufacturingA step in the middle of a manufacturing process can handle 10 units an hour when subsequent steps can handle 100 units an hour.
TransportationThe bottleneck in a rail system is often station platforms. For example, a dozen train lines might share 4 platforms with trains spaced 90 seconds apart. For this reason, an efficiently managed platform with staff helping people get safely on and off trains can dramatically boost the throughput of a rail system.
Network BottleneckA slow WIFI router connected to an efficient and high bandwidth network.
CommunicationA software developer who spends an average 6 hours a day in meetings and 2 hours a day coding.
ComputingA system has a fast processor, memory and hard disk but has a unnecessary background process running that is consuming large amounts of resources and slowing the machine down.
Business ProcessesCustomer service representatives at an airline are unable to handle a variety of situations without getting approval from a manger. Managers are often busy meaning that representatives and customers are often left waiting.
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