Discovery with Miro whiteboard

It’s official. This month, we hit one year of remote working. Since then, like many other companies, COVID-19 has forced us to re-evaluate the way we do business.

One of the biggest challenges for us as a team was understanding how to conduct our discoveries — workshops that were fundamentally built on being in-person — into a remote experience. To understand why this posed a challenge, it’s important to know why we hold these sessions. Discovery allows us to dive into the nitty-gritty details of a product with our clients. Together, we formulate the value proposition, identify the personas, and…

Have you purchased anything since the start of COVID-19 from a retailer that you would typically buy from in person? I’ve bought groceries, furniture, comfy pants, office supplies, and even a new guitar!

COVID-19 took many industries by storm and completely shifted the way they operate, with retail being no exception. With limited in-person shopping and the second round of stay-at-home orders, online shopping sales have risen dramatically. Retail e-commerce sales, as a percentage of retail sales, surged to 11.4% in April 2020 from 3.8% in April 2019 (a 3x increase in a year). According to Statistics Canada, e-commerce sales…

The web development space has never been one of much cohesion. With a million and one ways to write your Javascript, it’s no surprise that there are also many differing viewpoints on how to write CSS. Although I have been using Sass ( Syntactically Awesome Stylesheets) as my styling solution of choice for my React projects for most of my web development career, I couldn’t help but be intrigued by two CSS frameworks I heard getting a lot of buzz, Tailwind CSS (an un-opinionated utility-first CSS framework) and styled-components (a CSS-in-JS solution for React). …

As we approach the latter half of 2020, it’s hard to believe that we have experienced the novel coronavirus for almost a year. This pandemic has caused major changes in the world that have impacted our daily lives. Changes from remote work becoming the norm, to the spark in popularity for touchless tech, there are many aspects of life that may stay changed forever. As life starts to evolve and adapt to current times, technology seems to follow along. …

As TTT approaches our 6-month anniversary of remote working, I’ve found myself reflecting on the fundamental shift we’ve experienced in the way we work. Back in March, I was in a unique position — barely 3 months at a new company before I found myself packing up and wondering when, or even if, we’d return to the office.

Our first few months, like many other companies, were spent adjusting to what is now (perhaps too) commonly referred to as “the new normal.” Our key focuses were on set-up, equipment distribution (a larger issue for many companies than you might initially…

There’s something about monotonous Monday morning scheduling, emailing and planning that just screams “there must be a more efficient way to do this”.

Well, I’m happy to introduce you to TTT’s Coordination Lookup and Analysis Utility, CLAU! CLAU is a conversational AI chatbot for Slack made using the Rasa Open Source framework that we use to automate those simple, repetitive tasks that normally take up a lot of valuable work time.

The current implementation is for our Project Management team. All they need to do is message the bot in Slack to quickly find documentation and retrieve information from internal…

Few things are more meaningful and exciting than making a vision for something, and creating it. Designing a product with purpose begins with the discovery phase where you and your client closely collaborate to create a vision for the product. Usually, discovery workshops are done in-person but, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you will need to host a remote discovery.

In this article, I’m going to share some insights we discovered (pun intended) on the specific challenges of hosting remote discovery workshops. …

For many tech companies like TTT, the calls to open up the economy and go back to work feel misdirected. We never stopped working-now we just work from home. You could say the COVID-19 pandemic brought new meaning to TTT being “ 100% in-house.” Ha. Ha.

Although TTT already had a work from home policy, the COVID-19 pandemic meant going fully remote for an indefinite period of time. Now that the BC provincial government implemented Phase 2 of their Restart Plan which allows some businesses and offices to open, we’ve carefully crafted our own back to work guidelines (mentioned below).

The ups and downs of working from home

The Startup life is a lot like Jumanji…

Hey, wait, where are you going? No, come back, just hear me out! I promise it makes sense.

Just like the magical 1995, 2017, and 2019 movies, startups begin with a few people getting together, taking on roles, and rolling the dice. Before they know it, they’ve been sucked into a decade-long adventure having to carve their way through a jungle and solve all sorts of puzzles and riddles, while avoiding the snakes and pitfalls.

The coronavirus pandemic is shaping a new world. The consequences may be long-lasting but perhaps not all for the worse.

Tech companies are already responding to the demand for a more sanitary world with touchlesstech.

Will there be a sustained consumer desire for inherently hygienic tech in the long term or is it just pandemic paranoia? Let’s discuss.

Going touchless for the sake of hygiene

Touchless technology is not a new thing.

Some forms of touchless sensing are already well established such as “tap” contactless payment, touchless bathroom hand dryers, Apple’s Face ID, and Google Home’s voice recognition. …

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