Let’s talk about the M and V in MVP

It’s a term that you can’t seem to get away from in product development since Frank Robinson introduced the methodology in 2001, and then Eric Ries popularised its meaning in 2009 as part of his larger thinking around Lean Startups.

How I learnt about accessibility as a junior developer

As a developer, you want to ensure your work is accessible, but it can be hard to know where or how to start. You’ve been trained to write semantic HTML & add alt tags, but is that enough? What about a Lighthouse score of 100 — does that cover everything? (Hint: It doesn’t!)

How the Web works.

If you're starting out in web development or are a bit rusty about the general scaffolding and technologies required to make the web possible, this high level overview could help you avoid time-consuming setbacks. Knowing how the web works enables developers to make informed architectural decisions, pinpoint bottlenecks and errors, and build solutions that are optimised for the medium they're intended for. My intention is to provide enough clarity on ...

Building product delivery team culture

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What is the importance of a steering meeting and why do you need one?

In my experience of leading agency delivery teams, I have regularly been invited into meetings to meet senior client stakeholders as a one-off, or intro, but noticed this engagement is rarely followed up with a more regular meeting. These people are often the most important decision makers in the project, and only get to understand second hand information or review deliverables at the end, when it’s too late to provide ...

An intro to theme-based product roadmaps

Over the course of your career you will have probably heard questions like “When will feature X be available?” or “What’s our plan to solve Y?”. You may have also spent hours in status meetings or steering committees reviewing feature specs. And justifying what your team is working on now, and what they were going to focus on in the upcoming months. You’ve probably tried some ways of having people ...

Creating purposeful digital products is more important than ever – and design is the key

Our lives are surrounded by digital products. With 50% to 98% (depending on the country) of households now being able to access the web (1), and 5.1 billion mobile phone owners worldwide (2), digital has become one of the most important ways in which we interact with the world. As COVID-19 turned the world upside down, people and organisations discovered the wealth of possibilities waiting for them in the digital ...

Building purposeful digital experiences in uncertain times

The world we find ourselves in today is suddenly much different than what we imagined some months ago. Together, we are learning what it means to continuously adapt - finding new ways of working remotely, collaborating, accessing content, shopping. Businesses of every size have been quickly moved into unknown territories, and their ability to shift and adapt is being tested to the limits. As we walk into a changed world, ...

Remote workshops are awesome for collaboration too

Bringing people together to collaborate, ideate, and make decisions, has long been a central part of how we work and build products at Potato. With remote working and distributed teams taking the central stage in our ways of working, it became quickly apparent we had to learn how to deliver successful remote workshops. In a way, holding a remote workshop can be quite similar to having it face-to-face: people will ...