This reminds me of the Disaster Recovery Exercises that we spent months in meetings to prepare for only to have those plans thrown out the door on the first day. We had 3 days to pass the DR exercise, the first 2 we spent waiting for the network to be set up. What great preparations! Add to that the Executives who then started getting nervous and asked for detailed, progress reports hourly. Needless to say, those on the team had to go back at least 3 times to get it right.