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The Pomodoro Technique (#phpbnl13)

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The Pomodoro Technique The goals Focus Interruptions Estimation Efficiency Scheduling Is multitasking good? Defining one goal for the current timebox External Internal Colleagues, boss Telephone Mail I must check that website I have to remember to buy milk I wonder if that other class is ready... Void the Pomodoro if unhandled Maker's schedule vs. Manager's schedule Move them Communication cannot be eliminated Inform-negotiate-callback Add at the end of the list (backlog/iteration) Collective Pomodoro
(scales up to 3-4 in development) Done in Pomodoros A few integer Pomodoros Lower risk Easy benchmarks Don't impose Forced breaks Am I interrupting my flow? Concepts are in Camel Case: Sustainable Pace Benchmarking helps: if you can't measure it... Tip: include setup time in Pomodoros Parkinson's Law They are by definition unexpected Hook points for questions The PT in 60 seconds Metaphors: Agile methods, hardware and software Easy, no technology Stop procrastination Small successes not too small Don't use it for Free time Leisure tasks Less than 25'
minutes available Uninterrupted Focused on a single task at the time Real break, away from pc if you can Deciding if the PT is for you, not in what sheets to draw circles Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. just do a Pomodoro, you'll get the momentum to do 4 not too large Only a Pomodoro can be lost each time record re-estimate, no external factors References The (free) PT book The Agile concepts are all documented in Mike Cohn's Agile estimating and planning The Goal: http://www.pomodorotechnique.com/book.html Thanks for your attention Reading a tech book Team false sense of precision too high variance Sustainable Pace http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkinson's_law http://www.extremeprogramming.org/rules/overtime.html Images are from the public domain or shot myself or with URL for attribution http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flow_(psychology) Flow is the mental state of operation in which a person in an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity. aka The Zone Giorgio Sironi Developer @ Onebip Computer Engineer One reason programmers dislike meetings so much is that they're on a different type of schedule from other people. Meetings cost them more. http://www.paulgraham.com/makersschedule.html Fibonacci-based user stories: 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 points... Iterations? to end of Pomodoro (quick) to a specialized Pomodoro (long) You do not feel time is passing Velocity? Sprint backlog? WIP? Time-boxing of iterations? Preventing death marches Feedback over forced breaks N Pomodoros meetings,
stand-up meeting (15') Backlog? Manager's schedule Context switches Pay by SIM or DSL
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