The Pomodoro Technique: can you focus – really focus – for 25 minutes?

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.

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Also, check out all my pictures from Agile 2008.

Update (10/08/08): I am happy to report that this session has been selected by the other participants for the re-runs on the last day. Maybe this post helped? ;-)
Session Re-runs

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2 Responses to The Pomodoro Technique: can you focus – really focus – for 25 minutes?

  1. Your posting definitively helped advertising my session. And thanks for the positive feedback about the slides.

  2. Pingback: [Agile 2009] Self-management: Pomodoro « Eric Lefevre-Ardant on Java & Agile

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