|Tip 18||Help Project Team Members Avoid Student Syndrome|
Student Syndrome occurs when people wait until the last possible moment—and sometimes beyond that moment—to start working on a task (Critical Chain [Gol97]). Student Syndrome most often occurs when people estimate tasks in weeks, not days or inch-pebbles.
Student Syndrome breaks the project’s rhythm by introducing delays into the project. When Tom hasn’t finished his work and Jerry depends on that deliverable, Jerry now has a wait state.
Manage Student Syndrome by coaching team members to estimate their tasks in inch-pebbles or by using timeboxed iterations. Either way, everyone has a deliverable every day or so, which helps avoid Student Syndrome. Many people feel a little bit of pressure ...