On Tuesday nights, we meet up at the Beehive and play Pomodoro Poker until midnight. We wrote a whole blog post about this a while back, but for a quick review, here are the rules.
- Everyone antes a dollar
- We each write down a task on the whiteboard
- Start a 45-minute timer
- Cross off your task as soon as it’s done
- The last person done (without going over, price-is-right style) wins the pot
- Repeat every hour
We just use the honor system not to sandbag or generally prioritize winning over being super awesomely productive. However, we’ve actually had the opposite problem a couple times lately, where someone legit wins and then feels bad taking the money – especially when it comes right down to the wire, or they’ve won a couple in a row.
Danny thought that if we do a more public job of declaring pomodoro tasks and the end criterion for them, it might help people feel more justified in claiming their winnings – and would also simultaneously help with the (albeit non-existent) problem of sandbagging by picking tasks with mushy end criteria.
So here is my list of potential tasks to work on tonight.
- Mixpanel deploy. Add some stuff to Mixpanel server-side tracking. Need these events: signup, premium add/remove, add data. Finished when deployed.
- RescueTime OAuth. Get Omniauth strategy working and update lib to use OAuth authentication when available. Finished when refresh works for Token & OAuth users.
- Skritter post. Publish Skritter blog post. Finished when live at blog.beeminder.com.
- RescueTime Categories. Add category tracking to goal wizard. Finished when deployed and can create a new goal.
- Bare Min Togglable. Ideally we’d show both with a little tiny sprite to click which toggles which is big. Backed by a user setting or cookies or something so we remember. (Partially tricky because displaying large numbers.)