Of course you expect your quality-control project to succeed, but things rarely go as smoothly as planned. Even the best-laid plans sometimes run into problems. Be ready for trouble and use the following tips to get your quality project back on track.

  • Review your goals and focus on what's really important.

  • Evaluate where your project stands — look at what you've achieved and where the project truly has problems.

  • Get professional help from an outside expert.

  • Learn from your mistakes by preventing them in the future.

  • Determine your minimum acceptable goals; you may have to scale back the project.