One of my former teachers though me a simple model about the success of a project. I think this can also be used for the testing process.
1 = Experience the need (as well the internal as external needs)
2 = Clear vision
3 = Capability for change
4 = Good start, (Executable, plan of approach)
I shall not explain much now on this model. Just take your time and think your recent project over. See how they fit in this model. If you saw one of these 4 situations occur, you might now be able to find the actual cause of this result.
For the future, it might help you identifying much faster the direction of your testing process. And perhaps you have still some time to behave such to fill in the question marks prevent your process is getting out of control.