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Using the Radical Candor Framework for Effective Engineering Management

by Peter Varhol

One tool that managers can consider adding to their management skill set is a practice called Radical Candor. Radical Candor is the ability to care emotionally about the engineer as an individual and valued contributor, while also expressing honesty concerning their efforts and results achieved by those efforts.

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The State of Private Equity in 2020

by Natasha Ketabchi

The state of global private equity in 2020 is complex, mainly due to economic activity drastically contracting since the second quarter. Many businesses are on the brink of collapse. In these extraordinary times, what are the main challenges that private equity funds face?

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A Splash of EarlGrey – UI Testing the Toptal Talent App

by Ciprian Balea

Created by Google as an in-house testing tool, EarlGrey was open-sourced in 2016, and it quickly gained a sizable following in the iOS developer community. In this article, Toptal Senior QA Automation Engineer Ciprian Balea explains why the Toptal talent app is tested using EarlGrey and demonstrates why you should consider it, too.

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Web Layout Best Practices: 12 Timeless UI Patterns Analyzed

by Cameron Chapman

Following web layout best practices while incorporating timeless UI patterns produces digital experiences that delight users and stand the test of time.

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Innovate with Purpose – An Overview of the Jobs to Be Done Framework

by Zbignev Gecis

Companies succeed because they offer products that people find irresistible, but what compels customers to buy? The Jobs to Be Done framework identifies the unmet desires that motivate all purchases.

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Coliving Trends for the Remote Work Lifestyle

by Kent Mundle

The freedom to travel is a boon to the remote work lifestyle, but finding the right type of housing can be a challenge. Luckily, a variety of coliving spaces now cater to different needs.

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Numbers Shouldn't Lie – An Overview of Common Data Visualization Mistakes

by Micah Bowers

When designers prioritize compelling imagery over accuracy, data visualizations deceive. To communicate data with integrity, designers must avoid common data visualization mistakes.

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Spring Security with JWT for REST API

by Ioram Gordadze

The Spring Security framework is the de facto industry standard when it comes to securing Spring-based apps, but it can be tricky to configure. In this article, Toptal Software Engineer Ioram Gordadze demonstrates how you can implement it without wasting too much time.

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Information Architecture Principles for Mobile (with Infographic)

by Micah Bowers

By applying information architecture principles to mobile sites and apps, designers infuse content with much-needed structure and help users accomplish their goals with ease.

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