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Methodology for Calendar Scheduling Based on Event Priority

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111911D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 77K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Manthuruthil, GC: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article proposes a new, elegant, "soft-hard" scheduling of events in a calendar based on a priority scheme. This innovative mechanism allows the scheduled events in a calendar to be moved to a different time slot which is either a free time or occupied by a lower priority event.

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Methodology for Calendar Scheduling Based on Event Priority

      This article proposes a new, elegant, "soft-hard" scheduling of
events in a calendar based on a priority scheme.  This innovative
mechanism allows the scheduled events in a calendar to be moved to a
different time slot which is either a free time or occupied by a
lower priority event.

      In today's Office environment, time management systems such as
a calendar service have become a standard tool to effectively
coordinate and manage daily schedules and responsibilities.  Existing
calendar functions allow adding events based on free time, and,
report conflicts when an attempt to schedule an event when another
event is already scheduled at that time period.  It is possible in a
workgroup environment that an emergency event occurs or an item
already scheduled may take longer than expected.  These occurrences
are very common in many environments (e.g. doctor's office).  This
requires adjustment in the schedule, forcing the movement of certain
items to another time.  This has to be done manually in an
inefficient way or sometimes not done at all because the owner is too
busy attending a meeting and the secretary (or a responsible person)
may not know which item is to be rescheduled.

      A priority scheme for scheduled events in a calendar can be
established and calendar events can be scheduled using a "soft-hard
scheduling" based on event priority.  This mechanism allows the
scheduled events in a calendar to be moved to a different time slot
which is either free time or occupied by a lower priority event.

      Every event in a calendar is associated with a priority number.
The priority numbering range can be customizable based on environment
(e.g. from 1-5 or 1-10 with 1 being the highest priority).  Priority
escalates higher based on some criteria.  For example, working on a
proposal increases in priority as the deadline approaches.  Priority
can be assessed based on many factors.  For example, a meeting
scheduled with a large number of participants is a higher priority
item since it may be difficult to set a new time convenient for
everybody.  Another example is based on the participants...