28. Aug, 2019

Student syndrome ...

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You possibly know the situation that you have to deliver an e.g. Bachelor Thesis and there is a lot of time at the beginning of the process. You are waiting up to the final moment to start, still thinking that there is sufficient time. 30 - 40 pages in 2 nights sounds reasonable, but then all the unplanned (Murphy's Law) issues are kicking in 🙂. Your PC crashes, then you have to switch to pencil and paper, there is not enough paper or the pencil breaks too often, in case you still finish in time you will spill your breakfast coffee over the pile of paper on the final delivery day.

Guess what, this is called the Student Syndrome. And it goes back to Eliyahu Goldratt  https://www.tocinstitute.org/eliyahu-goldratt.html# and his famous books. Further details at  https://www.projectsmart.co.uk/critical-chain-project-management-reduces-project-lead-time.php 

In large projects you see a kind of "student syndrome" as well. Everybody knows that you have a tight schedule and the end date cannot be moved, but in the last week a lot of people are coming up with new requirememts and it is all super urgent and has the highest priority. And when you do not listen, it gets escalated immediately. Sounds familiar?

Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy. -- Wayne Gretzky, Canadian - Athlete Born: January 26, 1961,  https://www.gretzky.com/