Does your work involve projects? If it does, welcome to the future. Projects are everywhere these days.

One reason is the amazing proliferation of project-based companies in today’s economy. Construction firms, software companies, architectural and engineering firms, marketing and public relations and consulting businesses, designers, machine builders, event managers, IT systems companies, you name it. Sometimes it seems as if the whole world is getting more project based, since people can now collaborate easily over large geographic distances.

All these project-based enterprises earn their living—or try to—by taking on discrete, custom jobs and bringing them to a successful, profitable ...

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