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A Consulting Firm Uses Constraint Programming to Plan Personnel-Review Meetings

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Intellectual Contribution by Robert Saltzman

Contribution Title

A Consulting Firm Uses Constraint Programming to Plan Personnel-Review Meetings

Publication

Interfaces

Co-author

Jennifer Meyer

Year

2004

Description

A medium-sized consulting firm uses constraint programming to plan its annual meetings of group of partners to conduct personnel reviews of its consultant-employees. Key constraints include discussing every knowledgeable partner-consultant relationship in at least one meeting; keeping meetings manageable by limiting the number of partners attending and the number of consultants discussed; restricting the number of meetings each partner attends; and requiring the partners who attend each meeting to represent multiple practice areas. Our objective is to minimize the number of situations in which a consultant who is discussed at a meeting has only one knowledgeable partner attending the meeting. Running the model has saved partners from attending meetings unnecessarily and reduced the time required to develop a meeting plan from a few days to a few hours. It has been part of the review-planning process for the past two and a half years.

Complete Citation

Saltzman, R. and J. Meyer, "A Consulting Firm Uses Constraint Programming to Plan Personnel-Review Meetings," Interfaces, Vol. 34, No. 2, pp. 106-112, March-April 2004.

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