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Bottleneck

What is a Bottleneck?

Any work stage within a project that slows and delays succeeding activities and dependencies is referred to as a bottleneck. Bottlenecks in project management limit the progress and capability of a project or workflow.

The name “bottleneck” comes from the shape of a bottleneck, which is narrower than the remaining bottle in order to regulate the amount of liquid flowing out. Similarly, bottlenecks in projects emerge when a workflow is delayed owing to capacity limits at a certain step.

Project bottlenecks hinder growth by disrupting the flow of work. They also result in:

  • Reduced efficiency
  • Backlogged work
  • Long wait times
  • High-stress levels 
  • Reduced team morale 
  • Dissatisfied clients
  • Loss of revenue
  • Productive time wasted

Due to defects that may arise, companies are more likely to experience a bottleneck while launching a new product or production process. Short-term bottlenecks and long-term bottlenecks are both possible. A short bottleneck is a circumstance that rarely has any significant consequences. Long-term bottlenecks last for a long time and considerably slow down production.

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