Floating task: Introducing and simulating a higher degree of uncertainty in project schedules

Sanja Lazarova-Molnar, Rabeb Mizouni

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Abstract

Despite several attempts to accurately predict duration and cost of projects, simulation models in use are still over simplified and nonrealistic. They often fail to cope with real-life scenarios and uncertainty. In this paper we use the proxel-based simulation method to analyze and predict duration of project schedules exhibiting high uncertainty due to typical on-the-fly human decision behavior. The proxel-based simulation is an approximate simulation method that is more precise than discrete-event simulation. To model uncertainty, we introduce a new type of task, state-dependent (floating) task that supports and demonstrates a high degree of uncertainty and depends on various parameters in the schedule. For example, the probability distribution of the duration of a task can change depending on the team that performs it. Thus, this kind of task can be used to model the frequent re-scheduling in a project. We use software development process to illustrate our approach.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication19th IEEE International Workshops on Enabling Technologies
Subtitle of host publicationInfrastructure for Collaborative Enterprises, WETICE 2010
Pages136-141
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 27 2010
Event19th IEEE International Workshops on Enabling Technologies: Infrastructure for Collaborative Enterprises, WETICE 2010 - Larissa, Greece
Duration: Jun 28 2010Jun 30 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Workshop on Enabling Technologies: Infrastructure for Collaborative Enterprises, WETICE
ISSN (Print)1524-4547

Other

Other19th IEEE International Workshops on Enabling Technologies: Infrastructure for Collaborative Enterprises, WETICE 2010
Country/TerritoryGreece
CityLarissa
Period6/28/106/30/10

Keywords

  • Human resource allocation
  • On-the-fly decisions
  • Project scheduling
  • Simulation
  • Uncertainty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture

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