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Agile resource allocation through pre-emptive planning

Matthews, PC; Coates, G; Lomas, CDW


G Coates

CDW Lomas


H. Andersin

A. Verma


This paper introduces a significant revision to the Concurrent Engineering (CE) methodology that enables agility. Under the CE methodology, sequential tasks can only be performed as such. We introduce a method for starting sequential tasks concurrently using a pre-emptive approach. Where there is a, suitably small, finite number of possible alternative subsequent tasks, we propose that a more agile approach is to begin work on these alternative subsequent tasks concurrently to the preceding task, sharing the resource needed for the subsequent task amongst the different alternatives. Further, where the probability for each alternative task is known, we demonstrate that by setting the resource allocation equal to the probabilities of each outcome, it is possible allocate resources to minimise the expected completion of the overall project. A simple two task case study is developed and analysed to illustrate this method. The paper concludes by revisiting the original assumptions and discussing how resource efficiency is traded off for minimising project completion time.


Matthews, P., Coates, G., & Lomas, C. (2006). Agile resource allocation through pre-emptive planning. In H. Andersin, & A. Verma (Eds.),

Conference Name 9th International Conference on Agile Manufacture
Conference Location Norfolk, VA (USA)
Publication Date 2006
Keywords Design, Process Simulation, Concurrent Engineering, Resource Allocation
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