Resource-Constrained Project Scheduling with Project Management Information Systems

Baumann, Philipp; Trautmann, Norbert (2015). Resource-Constrained Project Scheduling with Project Management Information Systems. In: Schwindt, Christoph; Zimmermann, Jürgen (eds.) Handbook on Project Management and Scheduling. International Handbooks on Information Systems: Vol. 2 (pp. 1385-1400). Springer International Publishing 10.1007/978-3-319-05915-0_32

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Most commercial project management software packages include planning methods to devise schedules for resource-constrained projects. As it is proprietary information of the software vendors which planning methods are implemented, the question arises how the software packages differ in quality with respect to their resource-allocation capabilities. We experimentally evaluate the resource-allocation capabilities of eight recent software packages by using 1,560 instances with 30, 60, and 120 activities of the well-known PSPLIB library. In some of the analyzed packages, the user may influence the resource allocation by means of multi-level priority rules, whereas in other packages, only few options can be chosen. We study the impact of various complexity parameters and priority rules on the project duration obtained by the software packages. The results indicate that the resource-allocation capabilities of these packages differ significantly. In general, the relative gap between the packages gets larger with increasing resource scarcity and with increasing number of activities. Moreover, the selection of the priority rule has a considerable impact on the project duration. Surprisingly, when selecting a priority rule in the packages where it is possible, both the mean and the variance of the project duration are in general worse than for the packages which do not offer the selection of a priority rule.

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Book Section (Book Chapter)


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:

Baumann, Philipp and Trautmann, Norbert


600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations




International Handbooks on Information Systems


Springer International Publishing




Juliana Kathrin Moser-Zurbrügg

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29 Sep 2015 07:56

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28 Jan 2020 13:48

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