The main purpose of using projects would be to give concreatness to the ambiguous concept of corporate politics. Projects could be completed on time or not, under budget or not. They could be sabotaged, hijacked, put on hiatus and outright stolen. The people working on the projects could be hired, fired, bribed, blackmailed, seduced, intimidated, extrated and even killed. And depending if the project was successful or not, promoted or demoted.
Projects would be a method of dealing with successes over time, using some of the skills that have been unsupported until now. The new verb that would manipulate the object would be "provide" (I can't think of a better verb that that right now, if you can you are welcome to.) The syntax would be:
provide <skill> for <project name>
There would be a skill/stat check against a threashold number. If the threashold number is met or exceded then the manhour counter for that skill would increase by 1. If the threashold number is not met, then the work is wasted. (the player may or may not know this. depends on how evil you wish to be.) If critical successes/failures are in place then the manhour counter could be increased or decreased accordingly. Or you could just subtract the threashold number from the stat/skill number and add the result (positive or negitive) to the skill_Manhours counter. set it up so it could never go below zero. So the better you are at a certain skill, the more work you could get done in a period of time. To keep the numbers low you could have a delay time like you do with pick or flee.
Each project would be assigned a project manager pc, who would hire, transfer, supervise and/or fire at will, the employees nessasary to compleate the project. They would only know the nessasary skillsets (people) to compleate the project and the deadline. (GM note. the deadline could be way off compared to the actual time needed.) if the people they hire don't meet the threashold enough in the time allotted, the project will fail.
That's all for now. Maybe more later. and if I am barking up the wrong tree, please tell me.