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The resource allocation capabilities of commercial project management software packages for resource constrained project scheduling problem

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2009
Çekmece, Kerem
Resource constrained project scheduling problem (RCPSP) has been subject of extensive research in project management literature as RCPSP is one of the most challenging problems in the project management and is of great practical importance. In this thesis, resource allocation capabilities of Primavera Enterprise V.6.0-Project Management (P6) and MS Project 2007 (MS) were evaluated for solving overallocated problems in the RCPSP. Fourty-five resource overallocated instance projects were selected from the PSPLIB to evaluate performance of P6 and MS Project 2007. Three resource allocation priority rules of P6 and two resource allocation priority rules of MS were used for comparision. The best solutions of different priority rules for P6 and MS were compared by using t-test. Results of the P6 and MS were compared with the lower bounds and optimum solutions of the previous heuristic methods. The comparisions indicate that both P6 and MS has limited capabilities for solving overallocated problems in RCPSP. Especially for larger projects the widely used project management software packages can not provide optimum or near optimum solutions.