A note on the selection of priority rules in software packages for project management

Baumann, Philipp; Trautmann, Norbert (2016). A note on the selection of priority rules in software packages for project management. Flexible Services and Manufacturing Journal, 28(4), pp. 694-702. Springer 10.1007/s10696-016-9236-8

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Various software packages for project management include a procedure for resource-constrained scheduling. In several packages, the user can influence this procedure by selecting a priority rule. However, the resource-allocation methods that are implemented in the procedures are proprietary information; therefore, the question of how the priority-rule selection impacts the performance of the procedures arises. We experimentally evaluate the resource-allocation methods of eight recent software packages using the 600 instances of the PSPLIB J120 test set. The results of our analysis indicate that applying the default rule tends to outperform a randomly selected rule, whereas applying two randomly selected rules tends to outperform the default rule. Applying a small set of more than two rules further improves the project durations considerably. However, a large number of rules must be applied to obtain the best possible project durations.

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:

Baumann, Philipp and Trautmann, Norbert

Subjects:

600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations

ISSN:

1936-6582

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Larissa Notz

Date Deposited:

23 Feb 2016 16:58

Last Modified:

15 Sep 2017 13:36

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s10696-016-9236-8

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.75834

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/75834

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