It was pioneered by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s. Francesco used a timer shaped as a tomato to count the time periods which is where the name came from.
The Software Development industry popularised the technique further through the extreme programming and software craftsmanship movements.
I came across the technique during a workshop on Deliberate Practice run by Jon Jagger and Kevlin Henney and started using it to be more productive in my working day.
I have found the tomato technique to be very useful and chatted about it with friends referring to the number of tomatoes I had completed each day.
Whilst my presentation of the tomato technique might seem quite informal, it is actually a highly structured approach to work which relies on the following