In this paper we investigate one of the most recent extensions of the Resource Constrained Project Scheduling Problem (RCPSP): the Multi-Skill Resource Constrained Project Scheduling Problem (MSRCPSP). For this complex problem we propose the use of a parallel scheduling scheme. Such scheme has been successfully applied to the RCPSP. Nevertheless, in order to apply it to the MSRCPSP two new concepts are developed: resource weight and activity grouping. We discuss such concepts and use them for the new heuristic framework proposed. A series of computational tests performed using a large number of instances and reported in this paper shows that the new heuristic is very effective in finding high quality solutions within very small CPU times. © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
- Activity grouping
- Multi-skilled resources
- Parallel scheduling heuristic
- Project scheduling
- Resource weight