International Association of Engineers
Software project manager's goal is getting an optimal allocation of time, cost and quality of each task/activity in the software project such that total time and cost of the project is minimized while project quality is maximized. Accordingly, mathematical and meta-heuristic algorithms have been developed in order to solve such riddle. This paper introduces a new proposed meta-heuristic, Problem Data Based Optimization (PDBO), algorithm to solve the Discrete Time-Cost-Quality Trade-off Problem (DTCQTP) in software projects. PDBO decides the preferred modes of performing tasks where task quality in each mode is estimated using CONstructive QUAlity MOdel (COQUAMO) based on task cost in that mode.