You say Tomato, I say Pomodoro

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Published on February 11, 2009

Author: reborg



A "tomato" is a slot of 25 minutes where you focus continuously on a single task. The "pomodoro technique" is a tracking and feedback process that fills the gap between the high-level tracking of user stories and the hour-by-hour development cycle.

you say tomato, I say... Pomodoro

In XP user stories, planning game, iteration starts

Or Maybe Scrum user stories, product backlog, sprint backlog, sprint starts

then what?

“Tasks” few hours, half a day, a few days

“Becoming” Anxiety time flow is frustrating if not measurable even a few hours are difficult to “feel”

Time Boxes how long a time box should be?

Why 25 Minutes? short enough to avoid frustration of becoming enough to always feel energized long enough for a consistent unit of work

Why 5 minutes? short enough to remember what’s the goal long enough to enable sustainable pace

Exercise common registration process: collect information from a form validation and error handling vend email with link process registration confirmation login welcome page

Rules 25 + 5 and 4 + 1 The Pomodoro Is Indivisible If a Pomodoro Begins, It Has to Ring Zero Pomodoro Rule If More Than 5-7 Pomodoros, Break It Down If Less Than One Pomodoro, Add It Up The Next Pomodoro Will Go Better

Short Break distraction forces re-prioritization of thoughts for the next pomodoro

Longer Break helps maintaining a sustainable pace

Protect the Pomodoro inform, negotiate, reschedule GTD anyone?

Benefits feeling of accomplishment actively fights the “bad days” prevents yak shaving learn about yourself

Pomodoro Evolution description and timestamp pomodoro metrics tagging pomodoro switch standup preparation user story elapsed time VS time spent iteration retrospective timetable

Tools timers, soft or hard paper or paperless spreadsheet omnioutliner and the alike twitter db keeptempo easytracking

Tracking Exercise start the timer a pomodoro was spent store pomodoro break restart

Team Pomodoro yesterday’s pomodoros pair rotations your break is not necessarily everyone’s the coach protects all pomodoros

Resources the original paper cirillo/2007/ThePomodoroTechnique_v1-3.pdf PT in XP Teams vaccari-XP2008-camera-ready.pdf easytracking keeptempo

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