An exploratory assessment of project duration in multiple-project schedules where resources are allocated by the Theory of Constraints method

28 Nov 2012

The theory of constraints (TOC) method for managing multiple projects provides a relatively new and simple heuristic for allocating constrained resources to projects. While this method is increasingly being used, there is little information about its merit and it has not yet been subjected to extensive testing. In this paper literature relevant to the allocation of resources to multiple projects is first reviewed. Thereafter the TOC method for allocating resources to multiple projects is explained. Finally the paper reports on an exploratory study to evaluate the effect that the TOC method for assigning resources has on project duration.