The Pomodoro technique

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1-2 days every week I schedule “slack” days, where I try to catch up on emails, do some admin, prepare for future engagements, and such. During the past year I’ve been using the Pomodoro technique more and more consistently and, the more I use it, the more I find that it really works well! It has changed the way I think of time.

Pomodor timer

Pomodoro is similar to Scrum – but at a “micro” level. Although it can be used for pairs and teams, it was originally designed for individual use. To me this feels sort of like a single-person Scrum with 25-minute sprints, with many of the same benefits :o)

There’s an increasing amount of material available on this, but I find myself re-reading the original paper about the Pomodoro technique (by Francesco Cirillo) about once every 1-2 months. It’s an excellent read.

Staffan Nöteberg introduced this to us at Crisp a few years ago, he now does a lot of courses and talks on this. Here’s Staffan’s blog with some video presentations and slides and such.

Update 2015: He has now also written a book called Pomodoro Technique Illustrated. A great read! I wrote the foreword – using the Pomodoro technique of course 🙂

Anyway, give it a shot!

2 Comments

  • 1
    Enric
    2009-02-19 - 12:30 | Permalink

    Thanks a lot you for let us know about the pomodoro technique, it certainly helps to be more productive.
    And also thanks you for your scrum book.

    You are an inspirational person!!

  • 2
    2009-02-24 - 11:42 | Permalink

    Hi Henrik,

    I like the idea of the Pomodoro technique. If an individual can live by pomodoro techniques, they would be more likely to be able to adapt to, and work efficiently within Agile style teams I believe.

    Regards,
    David
    http://www.jacksguides.com

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