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I'm looking for a word that means everything went just right, or lined up perfectly. I mean this more in the sense of 'happened very efficiently,' such as an assembly line (be it in a factory, kitchen, etc) that is well timed, well thought out, and effective. Could even be used to describe a well staged dance number.

Is there a word for this particular thing? Also, Synergy is not the word I'm looking for. Tech startups have ruined that word for me. :(

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Single word:

groove, noun \ˈgrüv\ -MW

  1. a state in which you are able to do something well and easily especially because you are doing it often

Idioms:

like clockwork -TFD

  1. without problems. Most of the performance went like clockwork, but there were a few little things that weren't perfect.

well-oiled machine -Macmillan

  1. a well-oiled system, project, or company operates without problems. Each of these can also be referred to as a well-oiled machine.

Running like a well-oiled machine; everyone in their groove, the performance went like clockwork.

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Well-choreographed could work for your purposes.

A definition of choreograph from FreeDictionary.com:

To plan out or oversee the movement, development, or details of; orchestrate: aides who choreographed the candidate's tour.

Well-choreographed implies that the work/event/process was planned carefully and even rehearsed, and then it went according to plan.

The term can, of course, be used for a well-staged dance number. But here are a couple of non-stage-related examples from Wordnik:

Saleh's speech Thursday was broadcast live on Yemeni television and included scenes of well-choreographed support.

The IPO is well-choreographed to succeed, with a high-profile company with top-notch assets run by a successful executive.

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Try "jibe". Some people who don't hear too well substitute "jive" when attempting to communicate this idea.

jibe2

[no object] North American informal
Be in accord; agree:
the verdict does not jibe with the medical evidence

[ODO]

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Flawless and seamless are similar terms, but I'd imagine you'd need an action, like flawless execution.

If you wanted to get really archaic, you could say ne plus ultra:

ne plus ultra (n):

  1. the highest, ultimate point of achievement which can be reached; perfection
  2. the highest possible state, degree, or condition of quality; nothing better
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  • I like ne plus ultra (I hadn't even heard it before now) but I don't think it fits what I'm looking for here. – cost Mar 10 '15 at 1:06
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precision

noun

  1. The quality, condition, or fact of being exact and accurate
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Streamlined ... :) well organized and independently spontaneous.

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I'd try meshed. Everything just meshed and the planets aligned.

To fit together effectively; be coordinated. (American Heritage Dictionary)

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I can't expect things to go better than smoothly.

Smoothly is about as problem free as any organism could reasonably want or expect things to be under any circumstances. It's unpretentious yet strong. While it doesn't come with all the whistles and bells of other words, it leaves them behind smoothly in a couple of syllables.

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While I can't think of a single word to fit your description, if you'll allow hyphenated constructions perfectly-synchronized or perfectly-coordinated might serve. In one word synchronicity

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The business strategy in which maximum efficiency is reached by making sure everything is "perfectly timed" during the production process, so that the expense of holding surplus in-process inventory is minimised, is Just-In-Time. This is frequently abbreviated to JIT.

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  • Is there an explanation for the downvote? The question did ask in the context of a production line. – Silverfish Aug 7 '16 at 23:21
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sorted

From oxforddictionaries.com:

Organized, arranged, or dealt with satisfactorily:

‘And your social commitments?’ ‘They’re well sorted’

he’s working on that old car he’s been trying to get sorted

The damp-proofing's almost all shot through, and we arranged to get this all sorted way back in the spring of 2001.

We could have waited forever to try to get the cash absolutely right, but finally we decided to get going, even though the money side was far from sorted.

I'll be hosted at that most excellent and free site for now, until I get some space of my own sorted.

From dictionary.cambridge.org:

used to describe a situation in which everything is correctly organized or repaired, or when someone has everything that is needed:

Debbie's sorted for Tuesday night because she's found a babysitter.

"Have you spoken to Grant about the party?" "Sorted!"

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Not a single word, but the phrase fall into place means that events occurred smoothly and without errors to produce a desirable outcome.

It can suggest that the outcome is unexpectedly good, rather than the expected result, so it may not be the best way to describe the results of serious hard work.

"Although the rehearsal was a disaster, at the actual wedding, everything fell into place, and the ceremony went off without a hitch." (Or possibly WITH a hitch, in this particular case.)

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