Training Card: How much fits in a tomato?
From Agile Moves
- Successful time management requires an awareness of what you do the entire day and how much time your tasks need.
- To sharpen this awareness, you can set yourself a precise time frame to see what you manage to do within this time.
- You can make your training more measurable by setting a timer which gives you a signal when the time frame is over.
- A time frame may last 5 or 10 minutes. 25 minutes has proven to be a good length to start with for thought-intensive tasks (before concentration starts to fade).
- It’s not about how fast you work within the time frame; rather, you want to find out what you can manage at a comfortable pace.
- Francesco Cirillo, the inventor of the Pomodoro Technique®, coined the phrase “tomatoes” for these time frames. In his technique, tomatoes have a time length of 25 minutes, followed by a 5 minute break.
- Begin by selecting the time length of 25 minutes, as suggested by Francesco Cirillo.
- Set your timer, and then devote this time to something you’ve planned to do. After the timer goes off, write down how much you’ve managed to do.
- To have this move certified, you’ll need to repeat this time frame eight times within a two week period.
- Share your documentation with your team and get a sign-off on your results.
- Pomodoro Technique: 
ID: TOM 01