Mastering the Pomodoro® Technique

Pomodoro Training Part 04

Your task is difficult to complete. The deadline is coming! You see no progress. The Predator is approaching. You are scared. You decide to "run to make it" but this strategy doesn't work: your task appears more difficult to complete. How to deal with Predator when we have to work on complex tasks?

In this course, you will learn how to stop in front of the Predator and reduce the complexity of your task. You will apply the Pomodoro® Rule "If it takes more than 5 to 7 pomodoros, break it down" to split your tasks in a series of simpler value-driven tasks. You will learn how to identify and avoid dangerous hierarchies of subtasks. You will apply the Pomodoro® Internal Process to deal with the anxious requests of the Predator. By learning how to effectively split your tasks by value, you will reach your goals with less effort and in a more motivating and sustainable way.

Here you can find the next session of this course:

Make your tasks simpler and more challenging to be completed

About the Course

This course is part of the Pomodoro® Training Program. This program is based on acclaimed industry leader Francesco Cirillo's extensive coaching experience. Francesco has been applying the Pomodoro® Technique since the mid 1980s.

We recommend you combine this course with mentoring sessions in order to apply what you learn to your individual (Pomodoro® Solution for Individuals) or team (Pomodoro® Solution for Teams) needs.

Course Info

Course Format
Intensive highly-interactive course for no more than 4 to 6 participants (live online version). During the course, the trainer will give participants the instruments - concepts, processes, practices and or tools - to improve their productivity by applying the Pomodoro® Technique. At the end of the course, the trainer will give a series of assignments and exercises to enable participants to practice what they have learned.

Delivery Options
This course can be offered live online, onsite in your company and in-house in our offices. Private tuition and large-group discounts are also available.

Who is it for
This course is aimed at individuals, professionals and team members interested in improving their productivity.

This course is the fourth part of our Pomodoro® Training Program.
To join this course, it is requested that you know how to apply the Pomodoro® Internal Process and the Pomodoro® Core Process. You will not learn these processes in this course. You should attend the following course first:

  • The Pomodoro® Internal Process
  • The Pomodoro® Core Process

At the moment, the course is offered in English and Italian (Choose your course).

Participants will need the following to attend this course:

  • Something to write with, and something to write on.

Remote Training Preparation
Please do the following at least one day before the course is scheduled to start:

  • Upgrade Zoom to the most recent version.
  • Check audio, video, and screen sharing on Zoom.

Materials and benefits
Once you complete this course:

  • You will receive the slides of the presentation and a series of assignments to be developed individually.
  • You will have free access to The Pomodoro® Daily Process Community Membership for one month. You will have the opportunity to access the useful experience of the previous participants of this training and the other members of this Community;
  • You will be able to use our Pomodoro® Web/App for free for one month.
Related Courses, Programs and Certifications
Name Description
PT01 Internal The next suggested course is The Pomodoro® Internal Process
PT02 Core The next suggested course is The Pomodoro® Core Process
PT03 Daily The next suggested course is The Pomodoro® Daily Individual Process
PT05 Weekly The next suggested course is The Pomodoro® Weekly Individual Process
PT06 Team The next suggested course is The Pomodoro® Team Process

Meet Your Trainer

This course is offered only by Certified Pomodoro® Trainers.


Francesco Cirillo is the owner of Cirillo Consulting, a consulting firm based in Berlin that works with many of the world’s largest companies.


Carlo Garatti is a software developer and coach. Since the nineties he has been interested in Agile and in particular Extreme Programming.

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Assignments and Review

Increasing awareness and motivation

Pomodoro® Rule: If it takes more than five to seven Pomodoros, break it down

  • The rules of the Pomodoro® Technique
  • Reducing the complexity of our tasks
  • Splitting by value versus splitting by effort
  • How to split by value and increase awareness and motivation

Objective #03 Estimate effort for activities

  • Quantitative estimation errors: how to reduce them
  • Qualitative estimation errors: how to reduce them

Objective #04 Make the Pomodoro More effective

  • Structuring your Pomodoro and increase awareness and motivation


Question & Answers


As a result of this course, you will be able to:

  • Increase the level of awareness and motivation
  • Reduce the complexity of your tasks in a value driven way

You will know how to apply these elements of the Pomodoro® Technique:

  • Process: Pomodoro® Core Process
  • Tool: Pomodoro® timer
  • Rule: If it takes more than 5-7 Pomodoros, break it down

This course will allow you to achieve the the following objective presented in the book The Pomodoro® Technique:

  • Objective #4: Make the Pomodoro more effective

Price & Conditions

  • The price includes the 2,5 hour course as well as the course material.
  • The prices include VAT (when applicable).
  • Participants in this course will have access to our new Pomodoro® Web/App for the duration of one month.


The Pomodoro® Technique book is not included in the price of this course and should be purchased separately. You can buy it here.


Discounts for groups of four or more are possible.

Please contact us for more details.

Business Registration

If you are buying as a business customer, please make sure to select "Business or institutional customer" when you provide your information in our checkout procedure.

  • If you are a EU Registered Business, you have to provide a valid VAT number.
  • If you are a NON-EU Registered Business, you have to send us by email ( your Business Registration Number and a copy of your Commercial Register Extract in your country.

For further information do not hesitate to contact us.

Cancellation Policy

Please read our terms and conditions for training courses Here.

Choose your course

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Can't make it on any of our dates?

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Useful Resources

The Accounting Adventure Journal - Episode 01: The Challenge

The following is the report of the first session of the Accounting Adventure. The time is 31 March 2021 at 9.30. The place is somewhere on the Internet on Zoom.

The Accounting Adventure Journal - Episode 02: Emergent Design

The following is the report of the first session of the Accounting Adventure. The time is 27 April 2021 at 9.30 am. It is a beautiful day outside in Berlin: 18 degrees Celsius.


No, sessions are not currently recorded. In the future, we will make a video course series for Pomodoro® Training Programme. If you're interested in our video course, please send us an email (

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