Truth be told, sometimes it's a little bit fun when things go pear shaped. You get to sit back, pare back all the guff, and decide what's really important (what's the root of the problem), and what's really critical to success... then figure out how the Hell you're going to get there. This is as often a human challenge as a logistical one. Both parts are fun.
There are interesting stories behind each of these real examples - ask me about them!