Pomodoro in Teams Online Course // Sep 9th 2017 at 8am CEST
Learn with Francesco Cirillo — the creator of the Pomodoro Technique — in this 4 session Online Course.

Learn how you can use The Pomodoro Technique in teams and individually to double your efficiency and maximize your productivity.

Our classes are designed to provide as much interaction and personal attention as possible. The course includes training modules, exercises, assignments and a final report aimed at helping you achieve meaningful, measurable results which can be built upon and improved over time.

Get more done in less time.

About the course

This is an official course taught online by Francesco Cirillo. Over the course of 4 weeks, you will attend 4 sessions lasting 4 hours each:

Sep 9th 2017 8am CEST:

  • Reach Your Individual Goals

Sep 16th 2017 8am CEST:

  • Reach Your Complex Goals

Sep 23rd 2017 8am CEST:

  • Reach Your Goals in a Team

Sep 30th 2017 8am CEST:

  • Defining New Goals to Improve
    4 Sessions // 4 Hours per session
  • WHEN
    Sep 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th 2017
  • TIME
    8am - 12pm
    Min 7, Max 12 people

What's so special about this online course?

Learn with the creator of the Pomodoro Technique
  • This course is conducted by Francesco Cirillo, the creator of the Pomodoro Technique. Drawing on over 25 years of real-life experience of applying the Pomodoro Technique to teams or complex projects, Francesco will share his expertise to find solutions with the group.
  • Working with you and the other participants, Francesco Cirillo will hold a Q&A Clinic, designed to help you resolve any problems you are having applying the technique both personally or as a team.
Gain New Skills

The course includes the new skills detailed in the upcoming edition of the Pomodoro Technique book, namely:

  • How to apply the technique in a team - we will take an in-depth look at the practices a team or coach can apply to work in an environment free from obstacles and interruptions.
  • How to apply the technique in scenarios characterised by complexity and uncertainty - you will learn concrete solutions to identify and organise a complex goal, keeping everything under control without experiencing any anxiety or stress.
Take part Online
  • Working online means participants from all over the world can take part, thus enabling us to see how the Pomodoro Technique can be used to resolve concrete problems concerning personal and team productivity in different cultures.
  • We're equipped with a world-class platform for working together online. All you need is an internet connection and a kitchen timer shaped like a tomato to start learning with the creator of the technique.

About the course

Small Classes

The course is limited to a maximum number of 12 people to make sure everybody gets individual attention and the chance to interact.

Choice of time

This course is divided into 4 sessions held on Saturdays from 8am to 12pm CEST.

This time doesn't work for you? Not to worry, we're running the same course on the same day from 6pm to 10pm CEST.

Varied Structure

This online course is structured into four sessions, giving us the chance to ensure you have really mastered the principles and practices of the technique.

Each session is divided into:

  • A series of Pomodoro Seminars. A number of training modules lasting one Pomodoro to teach you the new practices
  • Exercises, where you will work on resolving problems on a digital whiteboard
  • A series of assignments to be completed for the next session (the following week), allowing the trainer to concretely verify how much you have learnt
  • A Practitioner Report to certify your experience. In this report will write about your practical experience of using the Pomodoro Technique. You will describe your experience of practising the technique for one month, and take part in the Pomodoro Technique community by explaining how you overcame challenges using the Pomodoro. Francesco will personally grade your report.
  • An in-depth Q&A clinic.
  • At the end of the four sessions and when you've submitted your assignments and final report, you will become a Certified Pomodoro Technique Practitioner.
  • All Certified Pomodoro Practitioners will get an account on pomodoropractitioners.cirillocompany.de. Here they can find additional information about the Pomodoro Technique, share course information and stay in contact with the other course participants.


Session 1: Reach Your Individual Goals // 4 hours

Why the Pomodoro Technique?

  • Where are we now? Directions so we don't get lost in the park of productivity tools
  • Why productivity tools and techniques often result in us worsening our productivity
  • What is the Pomodoro Technique: how it transforms time into an ally to help reach our goals
  • Nature of the Pomodoro - Measures of time versus measures of effort
  • Basic principles of the Technique, tools, process, and experimenting how to improve productivity
  • Learning Resources

The foundations of the technique in four Pomodoro:

  • Tracking: tools that transform interruptions into opportunities and practices that collect useful information to improve your productivity
  • Estimating: when and how to reduce estimation errors and meet deadlines without stress
  • Structuring your Pomodoro: practices to master
  • Scheduling: organising your day into work slots
  • Reaching goal 6 of the technique: defining and meeting new goals to improve
  • Pomodoro Rules


  • Improving your productivity with a spreadsheet (completed during session 1 and discussed in session 2)
  • Organising your calendar (completed during session 1 and discussed in session 2)
  • Certified Pomodoro Technique Practitioner Report (to be submitted by the beginning of session 4)

SESSION 2: Reach Your Complex Goals // 4 hours

Assignment feedback

Recognising complex goals:

  • Types of goals: growth and maintenance goals and routines.
  • Learning to distinguish between Goals, Deliverables and Tasks
  • Factors that increase the complexity of goals: the scope (number of tasks), the interdependency of the tasks, bottlenecks, change and uncertainty
  • Why productivity tools can make our goals more complex, why to do lists aren't good enough to reach complex goals, and why they more often than not increase complexity

Pomodoro Planning: Learning to organise and reach your complex goals

  • The Picnic Metaphor - you will learn to reduce and organise the complexities of any goal as if it were a picnic
  • The Ping Pong Metaphor - you will learn how to make estimations about a complex project
  • The Garden Metaphor - you will learn to look after and keep your goals under control to reduce the risk of "complexity escalation"
  • You will learn to distinguish different types of task: different tasks require different behaviours and different organisational solutions
  • We will reduce the complexity of a goal by splitting it: splits per value vs. splits per effort. How to adjust the rule of the 7 Pomodoro
  • You will learn how to know exactly what to do at a given time: organising time into Pomodoro Slots
  • You will apply Pomodoro estimating and tracking to identify and manage activities whose complexity you are underestimating


  • Do you really know how to organise a complex goal like a picnic? Let’s give it a try (to be submitted by session 4)

SESSION 3: Reach Your Goals in a Team // 4 hours

Assignment feedback

What is a team?

  • The nature of the Pomodoro when applied to teams
  • Team structures and dynamics
  • Distinguishing between groupwork and teamwork
  • Tricky situations
  • Combining groupwork and teamwork

Adapting the Pomodoro Technique to groupwork:

  • Adapting practices to groupwork: Tracking, Estimating, Pomodoro Structure, Pomodoro Slots
  • Adapting tools to groupwork: To do Today, Activity Inventory, Recording

Adapting the Pomodoro Technique to teamwork:

  • Adapting practices to teamwork: Tracking, Estimating, Pomodoro Structure, Pomodoro Slots
  • Adapting tools to teamwork: To do Today, Activity Inventory, Recording

Pomodoro Coaching - Techniques for improving productivity in groupwork and teamwork:

  • Practice of the Ram - when a task becomes too complex and you want to involve the team without meetings or interruptions
  • Practice of the Pomodoro Hackathon - when you want to explore something unknown to the team
  • Practice of Daily Re-estimation - when you want to identify risky tasks that may cause obstacles and prevent the timely achievement of goals
  • Practice of the Counter - when you want to protect the team from external interruptions


  • Resolve the case of a team that wants to improve but is currently experiencing certain productivity problems (to be submitted by the beginning of session 4)
  • Complete and deliver the Certified Pomodoro Technique Practitioner report by the beginning of session 4

SESSION 4: Defining new goals to improve // 4 hours

Assignment feedback

Feedback on Certified Pomodoro Technique Practitioners reports

A Basic Time Management Information System

  • When and why pen and paper aren't always enough to be productive
  • One application or a suite of applications?
  • Problem: why integrating productivity tools isn’t easy
  • The Cheesecake Metaphor - a metaphor helps us organise our personal or team information system
  • Recipe - what do we want to get from our information system?
  • Ingredients - you will learn to choose the right ingredients for your productivity system
  • Preparation - which process should you follow to grow the features in your information system smoothly and effectively?

Q&A Productivity Clinic

  • The Pomodoro Technique has been organically adopted by thousands of people across the world because it is so simple to use. When it comes to team dynamics or reaching complex goals, the technique can be manipulated in different ways depending on the scenario. Many participants of the course often have specific questions, usually variations of "How can I apply the technique when…?" To cater for this, two hours of this session will be given over to a structured Q&A session working through your questions and queries.

Additional Info

Who is it for

The course is open to anyone wishing to improve their time management skills, and become more productive.

Certificate of Completion

If you successfully finish the course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion, proving you understand how the Pomodoro Technique helps you work more efficiently and effectively to reach complex goals individually or in a team.

Want to become a Licensed Trainer?

Are you a coach, trainer, facilitator or enthusiast of the Pomodoro Technique? Do you want to help people and teams reach their goals with less stress and more awareness?

Become a Licensed Pomodoro Technique Trainer now.

You must be a Certified Pomodoro Technique Practitioner before becoming a Licensed Trainer of the Pomodoro Technique.


There are no prerequisites for the course. All you need is a strong drive to improve the productivity of you or your team.

Pre-Course Activity

Before the course begins, you will receive a preliminary email asking you to identify the time management and general productivity challenges you are currently facing, and what you want to achieve from The Pomodoro Technique Course. We ask that you please complete this questionnaire, and send it back to us so we can tailor the course to best suit your needs.

Post-Course Activity

It's important to us that you not only learn the Pomodoro Technique, but carry it over into your everyday life to improve your working habits and achieve your goals. To help you keep track of your progress, your instructor will provide you with weekly email reports for one month following the course. These reports will help you measure your personal data, and provide you with feedback to ensure you achieve maximum results.

Minimum Number of Participants

The course will only be held if 7 people subscribe.

Terms and Conditions

To take part, you must read, sign and send us the terms and conditions via email.