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The Diagrams Book by Kevin Duncan

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45  THE HOUR GLASS

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• The Hour Glass is a highly flexible device that can be used conceptually or to demonstrate flow.

• In a conceptual context, it is often used to describe an entity that has plenty at the top and bottom, but very little in the middle.

• For example, that might be an organization that has plenty of senior management and lots of junior executives, but far fewer middle managers.

• This view can identify bottlenecks in workflow and approval procedures – as such, an hour glass business is most likely imbalanced and in need of attention.

• In a flow context, movement of materials or concepts can be viewed as starting broadly in a ...

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