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 ...

Designing for the Interfaceless World

The rapid evolution of digital products and internet connection speed has meant that, throughout the world, more people are able to easily access the web and connect with others than ever before. While huge digital inequality still exists, for many of us gone are the days when we had to struggle for access to a computer (scheduling time alongside our families, public libraries or at our school) and listen through ...

GitLab Details Sidebar

Why and how we created the GitLab Details Sidebar extension for both Chrome and Firefox. The issue at hand

Parcel and Rust: A WASM Romcom

Web Assembly (WASM) and Rust have been growing and evolving over the last couple of years, so what’s it like to use them together? Introduction I’ve wanted to use Rust and WASM for a while due to a number of reasons: small bundle size, low-level access with reliable performance, and all the perks that come with Rust (strong type safety, zero-cost abstractions, etc.). So, when I was presented with the ...

How Potato Code Remotely

At the time of writing, we’re in the middle of the COVID-19 lockdown. As with most other companies, the lockdown has required us at Potato to rapidly change the way we work day-to-day. We’re a tech company, so that has given us a big advantage in this rapid and unsettling change of routine. But as a company, we’ve historically encouraged our engineers to travel into our central London office most ...