Name of Project - Planned Major News Event for major news media
Project Dates - Project began three weeks before hard news deadline
What happend? - The system was unacceptably slow in early versions and could not be improved. Some of the content would not load. The customer introduced a last minute architectural change the morning of the event that required rollback in order to launch.
Lessons Learned - Need more through testing.
I heard some similar profiles from other participants about classic software engineering problems... scope creep, lack of testing, lack of communication with stakeholders, unrealistic schedule expectations.