I think the Illustrated nature of this book makes its coverage much more easily digestible than average, and Andy Hunt’s “Pragmatic Thinking and Learning” book, while a tour de force, is pretty dense as I recall. For me, Staffan Nöteberg’s illustrated, collective treatment worked well.
For instance, it helped set the cognitive assumptions and boundaries underlying Pomodoro, as well as enlightening me about brain function and how it ties to common behaviors. I found it refreshing. Sidebar information can often be hard to find or synthesize since it can be so spread out. I feel better about the collection approach because it works better as a reference that way.
Finally, some of the behavior stuff really resonated with me, making me feel that (if Pomodoro addresses these issues) Pomodoro may be just what the doctor ordered. I believe that epiphany occurred because the brain/behavior information was presented as a whole (and not as optional sidebars).
So I enjoyed the collected, illustrated “Context” chapter approach.