Element, factor, or subsystem that works as a bottleneck. It restricts an entity, project, or system (such as a manufacturing or decision making process) from achieving its potential (or higher level of output) with reference to its goal. See also theory of constraints.

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  • The home office decided to cut the travel budget by 50%, so due to this new constraint, the local office�s sales team couldn�t attend the trade show in Atlanta.

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  • When solving a problem it is important to know what constraint applies so that you can attempt to push against that constraint to find a unique solution.

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  • I had to put a constraint on the virtual reality I was creating, so players would not be able to do anything they wanted.

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