What has happened on a project in earlier phases will likely happen again, unless something changes. If a project team misses its first deadline, chances are good they will miss the next one. To get different results, you have to change up what you are doing. This may seem obvious, but I see a lot of management teams fail to take timely action when project performance starts to lag, hoping that the team performance will improve in the future. This rarely happens. Team effectiveness coalesces early on a project, and if it is not effective, it won’t get better on its own.