Multi-Project Scheduling with Resource Leveling
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A simple, powerful tool for multi-project scheduling with automatic resource leveling
Nowadays, many organizations concurrently pursue a variety of projects of different sizes using several common resources. Their objective is to maximize project completion rate and on-time completion subject to the availability of limited resources. Multi-project scheduling subject to resource constraints is very relevant to many types of organizations like: fabrication shops, tool and mold making units, wood working units, custom furniture makers, ship builders, equipment makers, design and engineering depart-ments, research and development units, etc. In all such organizations, the limited capacity of resources is very unlikely to support a schedule that is created by ignoring resource requirements of tasks. Multi-project scheduling is difficult due to:
A Major Weakness of Critical Path Method for Resource-Constrained, Multi-Project Scheduling
Critical path method (CPM) is the most popular way for creating a project schedule. But, it basically ignores resource requirements of tasks in schedule generation and therefore, the resulting schedule may involve resource overloading (resource overallocation or resource conflicts) situations. A vast majority of project management software tools implement CPM, thereby failing to create a multi-project schedule with automatic, feasible assignment of resources to tasks. To eliminate resource overloading in multi-project schedules created by such tools, people perform manual resource leveling which can become cumbersome, laborious and time consuming. The above mentioned industries cannot afford such practice because they often need to revise their resource-leveled schedule. Therefore, CPM-based software tools are not efficient for multi-project scheduling subject to resource constraints.
Optisol Solution to Resource-Constrained, Multi-Project Scheduling
We offer a powerful, affordable software tool, Schedlyzer Lite for multi-project scheduling with automatic, feasible assignment of resources to tasks. Based on a rigorous version of finite capacity scheduling (FCS) logic, Schedlyzer Lite optimally schedules finite capacity resources to increase on-time completion of projects and project completion rate and reduce project lead times and work in process as shown in the second diagram on web page, Lean Production. FCS is more appropriate than CPM when the limited capacity of resources cannot support CPM schedules and manual resource leveling is laborious. One can have a glimpse of Schedlyzer Lite functionality from a brief YouTube video.
Eliminating the need for laborious, time-consuming resource leveling, Schedlyzer Lite enables schedulers to perform quick and extensive what-if analysis of resource-leveled schedules and also proactive capacity planning. What-if analysis plays a major role in decision making process and proactive capacity planning. Schedlyzer Lite also handles uncontrollable natural variation in the system to some extent through buffer times. It has also an elegant, interactive graphic user interface for drag-and-drop operations on Gantt chart.
Schedlyzer Lite can take input data from a simple Excel file. With Excel interface, the tool enables schedulers to take full advantage of the power and convenience of Excel along with our rigorous scheduling logic and interactive graphic features. The minimal data required by Schedlyzer Lite is:
A Free 60-day Trial Copy:
Contact us for a free, fully functional, 60-day trial copy of the software. Before giving the free trial copy, we would first present a live web demo of Schedlyzer Lite and configure the trial copy as required for your production. We would also offer you free help during trial runs.