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Issue No. 07 - July (2016 vol. 42)
ISSN: 0098-5589
pp: 658-686
Xiaoning Shen , B-DAT & CICAEET, School of Information and Control, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, No.219, Ning-Liu Road, Pu-Kou District, Nanjing, P.R. China
Leandro L. Minku , Department of Computer Science, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, United Kingdom
Rami Bahsoon , CERCIA, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Xin Yao , CERCIA, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
ABSTRACT
Software project scheduling in dynamic and uncertain environments is of significant importance to real-world software development. Yet most studies schedule software projects by considering static and deterministic scenarios only, which may cause performance deterioration or even infeasibility when facing disruptions. In order to capture more dynamic features of software project scheduling than the previous work, this paper formulates the project scheduling problem by considering uncertainties and dynamic events that often occur during software project development, and constructs a mathematical model for the resulting multi-objective dynamic project scheduling problem (MODPSP), where the four objectives of project cost, duration, robustness and stability are considered simultaneously under a variety of practical constraints. In order to solve MODPSP appropriately, a multi-objective evolutionary algorithm based proactive-rescheduling method is proposed, which generates a robust schedule predictively and adapts the previous schedule in response to critical dynamic events during the project execution. Extensive experimental results on 21 problem instances, including three instances derived from real-world software projects, show that our novel method is very effective. By introducing the robustness and stability objectives, and incorporating the dynamic optimization strategies specifically designed for MODPSP, our proactive-rescheduling method achieves a very good overall performance in a dynamic environment.
INDEX TERMS
Dynamic scheduling, Software, Schedules, Uncertainty, Robustness, Job shop scheduling
CITATION

X. Shen, L. L. Minku, R. Bahsoon and X. Yao, "Dynamic Software Project Scheduling through a Proactive-Rescheduling Method," in IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 42, no. 7, pp. 658-686, 2016.
doi:10.1109/TSE.2015.2512266
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