- Paperback: 156 pages
- Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 1 edition (Jan. 7 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1934356506
- ISBN-13: 978-1934356500
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 0.8 x 23.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 454 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #187,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Pomodoro Technique Illustrated: The Easy Way to Do More in Less Time Paperback – Jan 7 2010
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""This is an easy read with a life-changing message to all of us who have "too much to do and not enough time." Since Staffan introduced me to the Pomodoro Technique, I have become a better person, both professionally and in my private life. This is a book I wish I had read years ago!""--Thomas Nilsson CTO, Agile Mentor, Responsive Development Technologies AB
""The Pomodoro Technique is the one action-planning technique that fits exactly as conceived into Agile approaches to projects. If you want to learn the technique and become excellent at it, you need this book. Staffan brings humor, examples, and a step-by-step approach to making the Pomodoro Technique work for you. Your overall estimates will become better, and you'll get more work done.""--Johanna Rothman, Author, Consultant
""The Pomodoro Technique is amazing in its simplicity and its power to make you more productive, and this book is the perfect introduction to the technique.""--Dave Klein Author, ""Grails: A Quick-Start Guide""
About the Author
Staffan Noteberg has 20 years of experience as a freelance software developer, Agile coach, and conference speaker. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden and Istanbul, Turkey. And he's not only focused on his own productivity; he's also passionate about helping all kinds of office people to improve their personal time management.
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Honestly, I didn't really gain much knowledge from this book. The Pomodoro Technique is simple, and Francesco Cirillo's free booklet about it pretty much details everything you need to know. Staffan Nöteberg does expand on some of the ideas, mainly how to implement pomodoros within a team and how to overcome some of the pushback you may get.
A major section of this book is devoted to the "context" of the technique, that is the science of how our brain functions that supports breaking our day into small pomodoro chunks. Some of this research is a bit dated now, and very little of this section is actually useful to someone who just wants to know how to implement the pomodoro technique. It does make for interesting reading though.
Overall, I say skip this book and stick with Cirillo's original work. It will be a better use of your time.
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The Pomodoro method is pretty simple, in its most raw form:
- break your tasks up into 25 minute chunks, with a 5 min break in between (15 min after 4)
- always work on the mots important thing during your next Pomodoro
If you're looking for a description of the method, that's it in a nutshell; don't buy this book. Also, if you're an impatient person, don't buy this book.
If you want to know why the method works, and some of the science behind it, then get the book. Or, if you like understanding the entirety of a concept before implementing it, then get the book.
All the best to you in your time management endeavors!
Many time management systems focus on strategic goals in life - i.e. 7 habits of highly effective people.
The pomodoro technique is highly tactical. Rather than answering the question, "what should I do in life?", it attempts to answer the question, "What should I do right now?"
The technique involves basically prioritizing tasks for the day, and then commiting to working on particular tasks in 'pomodoros' which are blocks of focused time - recommended at 25 min a piece. For a particular pomodoro, one commits to ignoring all distractions - including distractions from OTHER work pulling at you.
Sound simple? It is and it isn't. Anything that interrupts a pomodoro invalidates it. A coworker interrupts, a bathroom break? Doesn't count as a pomodoro.
The purpose is to truly instill the discipline of focus. and to learn how to divert interruptions. The technique urges timing each pomodoro, and keeping a record of interruptions, so that one might improve at it. Between pomodoros breaks are allowed, but these are recommended to be time boxed as well.
In practice, it is surprisingly difficult to complete more than 4-6 pomodoros in a day (for me at least), and striving to do so has improved my prioritization and focus. The author does NOT recommend that a person live their life by the pomodoro, but rather use it as a tool for when they want to get serious work done. I find that it complements other agile practices quite nicely and have found it useful to implement from time to time when appropriate.
But it's a few details that for me made all the difference and I didn't understand those details until I read this book. One is that a Pomodoro is atomic. For any non-science people that means that if you try to break it into a smaller piece, it explodes. This helped me immensely with getting things done. Zero interruptions allowed because that would explode the Pomodoro, which helps me focus for the whole time. My kids really took to this concept and finally stopped interrupting when I work from home. I use a Time Timer so they can see if I'm in a Pomodoro and not "explode" it.
Another concept that helped me immensely was gauging success not on how much I produce but how many Pomodori I complete. It makes sense that if I'm maintaining really focused work, I can feel successful even if I'm not finished. This has been revolutionary for me. I hate doing my computer work. I've discovered it takes me about 4 Pomodori to complete a week's worth of my least favorite task. I always felt drained by how long it can take. And some parts take longer than others and then I get discouraged. Now I just focus on completing those 4 Pomodori and with each one I feel proud of myself for focusing that long.
I'd recommend this book to someone who isn't sure if the Pomodoro technique is for you... Because it might be!