A Heuristic Search Approach to Planning and Scheduling Software Manufacturing Projects

  • Ali Safavi
  • Stephen F. Smith

Abstract

In today’s highly competitive and constantly growing market for software products, planning and scheduling of software projects has become a bottleneck to increasing software production productivity [20]. There are several reasons why software manufacturing planning/scheduling is hard:
  1. 1.

    Even idealized formulations of the problem are NP-hard in the general case [8].

     
  2. 2.

    It involves face-to-face human negotiation between multiple agents to resolve the scheduling conflicts (i.e. unsatisfiable resource requests) that arise due to differences in goals, technical judgements, etc [6].

     
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    There is typically considerable uncertainty in budget (i.e. resource requirement) estimates and other project planning/scheduling constraints that must be accounted for [3, 11].

     
  4. 4.

    Software project planning and scheduling is not a static problem. Schedules must be continually revised over the course of the project as changes in planning/scheduling assumptions become known [7].

     

Keywords

Assure Mellon Rebalance 

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© Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ali Safavi
    • 1
  • Stephen F. Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Computer ScienceCarnegie Mellon UniversityUSA

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