by Francesco Cirillo

Reach Complex Goals With The Pomodoro Technique®
Reach Complex Goals With The Pomodoro Technique®

This book shows how the Pomodoro Technique can help you manage and reach complex goals. These goals are characterised by a high number of tasks, complex hierarchies, interdependencies between tasks, bottlenecks and situations of change and uncertainty.These goals are very relevant to the modern world. How a time management technique - can reduce the complexity of these goals?


Preface & Introduction

Recognising complex goals

  • Types of goals: growth and maintenance goals, routines
  • Factors that increase the complexity of goals: the scope (number of tasks), the interdependency of the tasks, bottlenecks, change and uncertainty
  • Why productivity tools can make our goals more complex, why to do lists aren't good enough to reach complex goals, and why they more often than not increase complexity

Pomodoro Planning: Learning to organise and reach your complex goals

  • The Picnic Metaphor - reduce and organise the complexities of any goal as if it were a picnic
  • The Ping Pong Metaphor - make estimations about a complex project
  • The Garden Metaphor - look after and keep your goals under control to reduce the risk of "complexity escalation"

Pomodoro Product Management

  • Learning to distinguish between Goals, Deliverables and Tasks
  • Different tasks require different behaviours and different organisational solutions: Learn to distinguish different types of task
  • Splits per value vs. splits per effort. Reduce the complexity of a goal by splitting it: How to adjust the rule of the 7 Pomodoro
  • Organise time into Pomodoro Slots: Learn how to know exactly what to do at a given time
  • Pomodoro estimating and tracking: Identify and manage activities whose complexity you are underestimating

Francesco Cirillo has worked at the forefront of the software industry for twenty years. In a career spanning startups, multinationals and freelance consulting, he has mentored thousands of developers and software teams. Francesco’s core focus has always been improving productivity and efficiency, by finding ways to achieve better results with less time and less effort. In the 1980s he invented the Pomodoro Technique, a renowned time-management tool used by software developers all over the world.