Learn how you can use The Pomodoro Technique in teams and individually to reach complex goals in contexts characterized by change and uncertainty.
Our classes are designed to provide as much interaction and personal attention as possible. The course includes training modules, exercises, assignments aimed at helping you achieve meaningful, measurable results which can be built upon and improved over time.
I'm a big fan of the Pomodoro Technique. It's not too often you get to work directly with the creator of a tool that has changed your life. Now that I've worked with Francesco directly, I'm an even bigger fan. I'm enthusiastic because this technique is simple and life-changing. The course helped me go into deeper related concepts built on the basic technique. Anyone who wants to streamline their day and their thinking would benefit from this tasty course. Anyone who struggles with feeling like they don't have enough time to get done what they want, whether on a daily basis or in terms of life goals, would do well to master this technique. I'm excited to see my business and life evolve with my new knowledge gained from this course.
The Pomodoro course helped me to take more realistic approach to my personal time management and gave me self-confidence to reach towards my goals. The course introduces some very useful concepts and approaches for managing complex goals and planning both one's own work effort and work in teams. I can recommend the course for everyone who wants to work more effectively and to make realistic plans for reaching complex or simple goals either personally or in teams.
If you struggle with time, and with being organized around time, this is the course for you! It will require an investment of time, of leaving yourself open to new ideas, or trying on new habits, but the reward will change your life!
Ann Wilson Special Education Teacher, Washington DC Public Schools
In this course, you will learn how to
Reach your individual goals
How to manage internal and external interruptions, improve estimations, reduce the complexity of tasks that need doing and meet your deadlines without getting stressed out and tired.
Reach your complex goals
How to handle goals with a high and growing number of sometimes interdependent tasks to be completed in changing and uncertain scenarios.
Reach goals in a team
How to organise your team to increase productivity and meet deadlines while favouring a flowing and conscious work rhythm free from interruptions and bottleneck.
About the course
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.
This course 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
An in-depth Q&A clinic.
Certificate of Attendance
Do you want to prove that you're learning new techniques to improve personal and team productivity when you apply for a new job? Do you want to show you're actively involved in events to improve personal and team productivity?
At the end of this course, when you've submitted your assignments, you will get a Certificate of Attendance.
Every participant of the official Pomodoro Technique Time Management course is entitled to a Certificate of Attendance from us in PDF format.
Your trainer will ask you to fill in an online evaluation form on our site. This will take you just a few minutes. Once you've submitted your thoughts, you'll find your certificate in your inbox.
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
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
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)
SESSION 2: Reach Your Complex Goals // 4 hours
Recognising complex goals:
Types of goals: growth and maintenance goals, 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
What is a team?
The nature of the Pomodoro when applied to teams
Team structures and dynamics
Distinguishing between groupwork and teamwork
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)
SESSION 4: Defining new goals to improve // 4 hours
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.
Who is it for
The course is open to anyone wishing to improve their time management skills, and become more productive.
There are no prerequisites for the course. All you need is a strong drive to improve the productivity of you or your team.