Project

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For the urban low-income housing buildings called projects, see Public housing. For other uses, see Project (disambiguation).

Contemporary business and science treat a project (or program) as any undertaking, carried out individually or collaboratively and possibly involving research or design, that is carefully planned (usually by a project team[citation needed]) to achieve a particular aim.[1]

An alternative view sees a project managerially as a sequence of events: a "set of interrelated tasks to be executed over a fixed period and within certain cost and other limitations".[2]

A project may be a temporary (rather than permanent) social system (work system), possibly constituted by teams (within or across organizations) to accomplish particular tasks under time constraints.[3]

A project may be a part of wider programme management[citation needed] or an ad hoc structure.

Note that open-source software "projects" (for example) may lack defined team-membership, precise planning and time-limited durations.