I'm fairly new to the Pomodoro method & wanted to get feedback on how to handle a situation that is common in my line of work.
I'm a software analyst/engineer and often times I plan to complete a task (let's say Complete Regression Test for Module 10 of beta code), however I run into a roadblock that prevents me from completing the task 100%. A typical example would be running into a software bug that needs to be corrected in order for me to proceed.
In this case, should I mark the task (Regression Test Module 10 beta code) as complete since it is as complete as possible at this given point in time? Or, do I (or can I) update my To Do Today paper & change 'Regression Test Module 10' to 'Regression Test Module 10 up to line 1043' (Assuming that line 1043 is as far as I was able to get)
Since reporting the bug to the development manager is urgent; I believe I would make a new task on my To Do Today list ("report software bug to development manager"), mark it as Urgent & work on that next.
Lastly, how do I deal with the tasks that are dependent upon the release of the patch? I need to eventually "Install patch" & "Pick-up with regression testing at line 1044'. Would those 2 tasks go on my Activity Inventory with an estimated deadline?
Thanks for your feedback!