The Pomodoro Technique

THE POMODORO TECHNIQUE®

by Francesco Cirillo

FOCUS. RELAX. IMPROVE. ACHIEVE.

Over 2 million people have already used the Pomodoro Technique to transform their lives, making them more productive, more focused and even smarter.

In today’s fast-paced, time-poor environment, it’s normal to want to regain some control over your day, and Francesco Cirillo’s deceptively simple time-management method is a proven solution. Based on more than two decades of refinement and thinking, it’s easy to understand and highly adaptable. It transforms both work and home life, splitting a day into short 30-minute ‘pomodoros’, which focus your mind on what needs attention at that precise moment. You’ll learn how to work with time, eliminate burnout, manage distractions and create a better work–life balance, using only a pen, some paper and a kitchen timer.

This fully updated edition includes new and exclusive material about teamwork, to make you and your team more dynamic than ever. The Pomodoro Technique will not only boost your productivity, it will give you a life-long skill to help you achieve your goals.

CONTENTS

Preface & Introduction

Foundations

  • The Context

Raching Your Individual Goals

  • Material and Method
  • Objective I: Find Out How Much Effort an Activity Requires
  • Objective II: Cut Down on Interruptions
  • Objective III: Estimate the Effort for Activities
  • Objective IV: Make the Pomodoro More Effective
  • Objective V: Set Up a Timetable
  • Objective VI: Define Your Own Improvement Objective

Reaching Your Team Goals

  • Applying the Pomodoro Technique on a Team
  • Adapting the Tools of The Technique to a Team
  • Simple Practices to Get Your Team Started
  • Why Teams Need More Advanced Practices
  • The Practice of the Counter
  • The Practice of the Pomodoro Hackathon
  • The Practice of the Ram

Results

  • Observation
  • Mastering the Technique
  • The Next Step
  • Rules
  • Glossary
  • Get to work
  • To Do Today Sheet
  • Inventory Sheet
  • Records Sheet
  • Bibliography
  • Acknowlegments
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.