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Title: Human resource allocation and scheduling for software project management
Authors: Stylianou, Constantinos 
Andreou, Andreas S. 
Keywords: Human resource allocation;Software project managers;Team formation;Linear programming;Probabilistic modelling;Queuing theory;Constraint satisfaction;Swarm intelligence
Category: Computer and Information Sciences;Electrical Engineering - Electronic Engineering - Information Engineering
Field: Natural Sciences;Engineering and Technology
Issue Date: 24-May-2014
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Source: Software Project Management in a Changing World, 2014, pp. 73-106
Abstract: Software project management consists of a number of planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling activities. Human resources feature prominently in all of these activities and, as a consequence, they can affect and determine project management decisions. Therefore, in order to help guarantee the success of a software project, managers must take into consideration this type of resource when performing the aforementioned activities. This chapter specifically investigates human resources from a planning perspective and, in particular, focuses on the responsibilities of allocating developers and teams to project tasks, scheduling developers and teams, as well as forming development teams. These responsibilities are often challenging to undertake because they are accompanied by time, budget and quality constraints, which software project managers find difficult to balance correctly. The purpose of the chapter is to explore the most recent research work in the field of human resource allocation and scheduling, and to specifically examine the motivation behind each approach and the goals and benefits to real-world practitioners. In addition, the chapter investigates development team formation, which can be considered as an indirect method of allocating human resources to a software project. This perspective, in particular, sheds light on current and future trends, which lean towards incorporating human-centric aspects of software development in planning activities.
ISBN: 978-3-642-55035-5
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-55035-5_4
Rights: © 2014 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Type: Book Chapter
Appears in Collections:Κεφάλαια βιβλίων/Book chapters

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