Published on February 11, 2009
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
“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 http://www.tecnicadelpomodoro.it/docs/francesco- cirillo/2007/ThePomodoroTechnique_v1-3.pdf PT in XP Teams http://www.tecnicadelpomodoro.it/docs/conferences/gobbo- vaccari-XP2008-camera-ready.pdf easytracking http://www.myagileprojects.com/demo.html keeptempo www.keeptempo.com
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