Finishing the Project
Long term projects can be a problem for most organisations. Personnel change, the project undergoes changes in scope, and the effort starts to increase. In addition, people start to lose interest as the time drags on and either put forth less effort or try to get themselves moved off the project. When you lose your current QA manager (who was not supposed to be a QA manager in the first place) with 7 weeks to go on a two year project you may be in trouble.
This situation occurred recently and we were asked to pick up the pieces. While many items were in place the effort involved in getting the final testing completed was substantial. Fortunately there was a lot of knowledge in the organisation and tapping into that information lead to a successful install.