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Remote Solutions for Effective Agile Retrospectives

by Jim Stewart

Leading effective remote retrospectives can be challenging. These videoconferencing best practices will help you run successful retros whether your teams are remote or in-house.

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The 3 Essential Elements of a Streamlined Product Strategy

by Douglas L. Ringer

Sometimes the simplest approaches are the most effective. Use this product strategy framework, comprising just three key elements, to streamline and focus your next product journey.

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Control Your Climate With This Raspberry Pi Thermostat Tutorial

by Ovidiu-Nicu Andrei

Smart homes are the future, but what do you do if you have an old air conditioner or heater in your home? Replacing old devices isn’t always feasible, but you can automate them with a Raspberry Pi.

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Work As We Knew It Is Ending. The Remote, Freelance Revolution Has Begun

by Michael J. McDonald

Toptal’s Chief Economist believes now is the time for top talent to go freelance and for even more businesses to embrace contingent work. Thought leaders from the Fortune 500 consultancy JLL, BMO Financial Group, and more agree. Here’s why.

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Leveraging Fitts’ Law: User Interface Design Principles for E-commerce

by Alexandre Brito

Apply this midcentury mathematical law to e-commerce UI design and convert visitors into customers.

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8 Automated Testing Best Practices for a Positive Testing Experience

by Lev Yastrebov

Testing doesn’t have to be tedious. With these automated testing best practices and tips, software engineers can leverage automated tests to boost their productivity and make their work more enjoyable.

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The Danger of Dark Patterns (With Infographic)

by Michael Craig

Are manipulative design techniques undermining your product and leading users to make bad decisions? Here’s how to avoid dark patterns and create ethical products that enhance customer trust.

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Stay on Track With These Proven Agile Project Estimation Techniques

by Jonathan Donado

Estimation is an important part of Agile project delivery, and there are many ways to weigh and rank the items in a backlog. This comprehensive guide can help you decide which method is best suited to your team and project.

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What Every Executive Needs to Know About the Day Facebook Disappeared From the Internet

by Peter Matuszak

Leading Toptal engineering and finance experts analyze the social network’s epic outage and distill key takeaways for business leaders. Find out what you can do to protect your company from a costly service interruption.

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