re: Spinning Off Sub-Projects
I've been in the process of developing my own GTD setup on the mac platform and so I've had to put a lot of thought into the relationship of Projects to Sub-Projects. I describe it in more detail in the Quicktime movie located here under the sub-heading "What about Sub-Projects?"
It's obviously application-specific, but the principles can be applied to any GTD setup.
project naming convention...
I use the GTD add-in for outlook which really only handles projects well, subprojects are treated as a simple tag on next actions, and there is no subproject action item. When I recently upgraded I had difficulty getting the subproject drop list to display, so I am experimenting with a new approach for altitudes.
I've always named my projects and subprojects like this:
[Project] - [Subproject]
That way when I sort by project in outlook the project and subprojects are sorted together. I can also filter on the project field using the "contains" restriction and get all project and subproject related material.