Resource allocation with project management software

Mellentien, Christoph; Trautmann, Norbert (2001). Resource allocation with project management software. OR Spektrum, 23(3), pp. 383-394. Springer 10.1007/PL00013358

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We present results of a benchmark test evaluating the resource allocation capabilities of the project management software packages Acos Plus.1 8.2, CA SuperProject 5.0a, CS Project Professional 3.0, MS Project 2000, and Scitor Project Scheduler 8.0.1. The tests are based on 1560 instances of precedence– and resource–constrained project scheduling problems. For different complexity scenarios, we analyze the deviation of the makespan obtained by the software packages from the best feasible makespan known. Among the tested software packages, Acos Plus.1 and Project Scheduler show the best resource allocation performance. Moreover, our numerical analysis reveals a considerable performance gap between the implemented methods and state–of–the–art project scheduling algorithms, especially for large–sized problems. Thus, there is still a significant potential for improving solutions to resource allocation problems in practice.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Financial Management > Professorship for Quantitative Methods in Business Administration

UniBE Contributor:

Trautmann, Norbert

Subjects:

600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations

ISSN:

1436-6304

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Larissa Notz

Date Deposited:

21 May 2014 11:14

Last Modified:

31 Jul 2017 08:20

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/PL00013358

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.49100

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/49100

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