You say Tomato, I say Pomodoro


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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.

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You say Tomato, I say Pomodoro

  1. 1. you say tomato, I say... Pomodoro
  2. 2. In XP user stories, planning game, iteration starts
  3. 3. Or Maybe Scrum user stories, product backlog, sprint backlog, sprint starts
  4. 4. then what?
  5. 5. “Tasks” few hours, half a day, a few days
  6. 6. “Becoming” Anxiety time flow is frustrating if not measurable even a few hours are difficult to “feel”
  7. 7. Time Boxes how long a time box should be?
  8. 8. Why 25 Minutes? short enough to avoid frustration of becoming enough to always feel energized long enough for a consistent unit of work
  9. 9. Why 5 minutes? short enough to remember what’s the goal long enough to enable sustainable pace
  10. 10. Exercise common registration process: collect information from a form validation and error handling vend email with link process registration confirmation login welcome page
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. Short Break distraction forces re-prioritization of thoughts for the next pomodoro
  13. 13. Longer Break helps maintaining a sustainable pace
  14. 14. Protect the Pomodoro inform, negotiate, reschedule GTD anyone?
  15. 15. Benefits feeling of accomplishment actively fights the “bad days” prevents yak shaving learn about yourself
  16. 16. Pomodoro Evolution description and timestamp pomodoro metrics tagging pomodoro switch standup preparation user story elapsed time VS time spent iteration retrospective timetable
  17. 17. Tools timers, soft or hard paper or paperless spreadsheet omnioutliner and the alike twitter db keeptempo easytracking
  18. 18. Tracking Exercise start the timer a pomodoro was spent store pomodoro break restart
  19. 19. Team Pomodoro yesterday’s pomodoros pair rotations your break is not necessarily everyone’s the coach protects all pomodoros
  20. 20. 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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