Tuesday, May 25, 2010

You Say Tomato, I Say Pomodoro

The Pomodoro TechniqueThe Pomodoro technique (Italian for tomato) is a time management technique created by Francesco Cirillo. The technique uses a timer to break down periods of work into 25 minute intervals separated by breaks. It is based on the idea that frequent breaks can improve mental agility.
The technique uses a form of timeboxing and relates well to Scrum and other agile methods. The process is as follows:
Pomodoro Technique Illustrated: Can You Focus - Really Focus - for 25 Minutes? (Pragmatic Life)
1.    Choose a task to be accomplished
2.    Set the Pomodoro to 25 minutes (the Pomodoro is the timer)
3.    Work on the task until the Pomodoro rings, then put a check on your sheet of paper
4.    Take a short break (5 minutes is OK)
5.    Every 4 Pomodoros take a longer break