What's the easiest way to make Skillet Potatoes?

I recall looking at a recipe where it said to boil the potatoes before putting them in the skillet. You were supposed to boil them, drain and then throw them back into the pot and shake them around. The shaking is supposed to make their outsides crumble a bit, which would them - supposedly - yield a better crust. Has anyone tried this? Is it making Skillet Potatoes too complicated? How do you get your potatoes crispy?

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