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Flexible Services and Manufacturing Journal

, Volume 28, Issue 4, pp 694–702 | Cite as

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

  • Philipp Baumann
  • Norbert Trautmann
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Abstract

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.

Keywords

Project scheduling Software Priority rules Experimental analysis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of BernBernSwitzerland

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