A bottleneck is an operation that is already operating at its maximum capacity, and so cannot accept any additional work beyond its current production level. A bottleneck is the key issue that interferes with the ability of an enterprise to increase its sales and profits. The effects of a bottleneck can be reduced by increasing capacity, outsourcing work, reconfiguring products, and maximizing the efficiency of the bottleneck.

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A bootleneck is also known as a constraint.