Resource-constrained project scheduling sounds nasty. It is needed when the availability of resources or lack of resources dictates our schedule. A lack of resources may result in resource overloading or stretching. For example, Jack finds that his project workdays consistently and considerably stretch beyond eight hours (or about 6.5 hours if we were realistic about productivity). In this situation we need to get Jack off the rack to reduce tension and reschedule his workload such that it is achievable.
Resource-overloading is often the consequence of poor estimating or simply that the project has been assigned a low priority. Other higher priority projects get first access to our organisation’s limited resource pool, and even those projects may have under-estimated their resource needs (sometimes deliberately by sponsors keen to ensure their projects are approved, but not in our organisation of … Read More »