Interesting presentation from Staffan Noteberg on Pomodoro, a technique of Italian origins to help focus when working. It was very good, as I got exactly what I was expecting: an overview of the technique, with examples and even some experimenting during the session.
Quick overview: the idea is that a kitchen clock greatly helps focusing for a period of time, 25 mins nominally. Then, there are a few techniques to fend external (and internal!) interruptions. A couple simple tools such as a todo list and a tracking sheet are useful too.
I won’t go into the details, but the technique seems worth looking into. Very close to the concept of GTD – Getting Things Done.
I loved the hand-drawn slides! A fresh change from the usual.
Also, check out all my pictures from Agile 2008.