by experience, there are warning signs that a project may be going in the wrong direction.
Below are some signs that indicate your project may be in trouble.
I have found that these are not as obvious as time, cost and quality delays but have been useful to me in foreseeing when a project may be heading for problems
You spend your time fighting fires
Most project leaders engage in resolving problems when they arise, but if you are spending time constantly battling problems and trying to find solutions, it going to impact your project. It shifts your focus away from the important tasks at hand.
As a project leader, it is important to maintain focus on the road ahead so that you can anticipate problems. Not having to constantly resolve issues is the key to getting ahead of any problems.
A productive way to for me to manage this is through constantly reviewing and refining the Risk and Issues log. This way if any issues do materialize they would have had visibility ahead of time and a possible resolution or mitigation available.