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Project Management Evolution: Startups vs. Enterprises

Startups play poker, large companies play chess. In this article, we compare and contrast project management for startups with enterprise project management. Different challenges and opportunities arise in both settings. The best project managers should be able to utilize their skill sets to achieve the maximum results in both environments.

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Vytas Butkus

Vytas Butkus

Vytas is a professional project and product manager leading products and projects in advertising technology, 3D graphics, and eCommerce.

As a JS Developer, This Is What Keeps Me Up at Night

JavaScript is an oddball of a language with numerous approaches to almost any problem. When ES6 added the “class” keyword, did it save the day or just muddy the waters? In this article, Toptal Freelance JavaScript Developer Justen Robertson explores OOP in modern JS.

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Justen Robertson

Justen Robertson

Justen has a decade of full-stack JavaScript experience working with the likes of Taylor Swift and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Less Is More: Using Lean UX to Assess Product Viability

How do product teams avoid wasting months of valuable time building something no one wants? Apply the iterative validation principles of Lean UX and create products that their end users actually need.

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Tatjana Zavadja

Tatjana Zavadja

Tatjana is a UX and product designer with more than four years of experience creating web and mobile applications.

Trello vs. Jira: Compared From A Developer’s Perspective

Project management tools have dramatically transformed the way software is engineered, but which one should you use, and when?

In this article, Toptal Freelance Developer Juan Carlos Arias Ambriz outlines the differences between Jira and Trello and explains how you should choose between them.

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Juan Carlos Arias Ambriz

Juan Carlos Arias Ambriz

Juan has 10+ years of freelance UX experience. His work is rooted in perfectionism & providing the best experience to user.

The Rules of Motivation: A Story About Correcting Failed Sales Incentive Schemes

Rewards programs and sales incentive schemes are necessary for any business that operates outbound customer acquisition channels. They encourage certain behavior and that, if poorly constructed, can lead to perverse results and conflicting interests. Creating a holistic plan that stimulates positive company-wide behavior is an art that has huge benefits.

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Kresimir Profaca

Kresimir Profaca

Kresimir is an entrepreneur and CFO with more than two decades of experience in growth-stage startups and large corporations.

The Democratization of Education – A Global Frontier

Technology is a democratizing force, and improving global access to tech education is a priority for organizations like Mozilla, IBM, and the United Nations. With its inaugural Scholarship for Women being awarded to a worthy candidate in Ghana this year, Toptal is proud to join the growing worldwide effort to help talented individuals and communities gain access to the tools and resources they need.

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Toptal Research

Toptal is an exclusive network of the world’s top freelance developers, designers, finance experts, product managers, and project managers.

The Importance of Human-centered Design in Product Design

Human-centered design is about solving problems, not implementing solutions. This guide provides an overview of HCD, a process that ensures optimum user experiences, effortless interaction, and ultimately, business benefits.

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Miklos Philips

Miklos Philips

Miklos is a design leader, author, and speaker with more than 18 years of experience in the design field.

How PMs Can Be Ready for Robotic Process Automation

Robotic process automation (RPA) has become a top priority for many companies in the last two years. Project Managers will increasingly have to manage projects developing software used not only by humans but also by bots. This article covers the opportunities and challenges of using RPA in project management.

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Vytas Butkus

Vytas Butkus

Vytas is a professional project and product manager leading products and projects in advertising technology, 3D graphics, and eCommerce.

Aligned for Success: A Guide to What Investors Look for in a Startup

Startup investors are not benevolent creatures, they’re looking for certain signals that help to persuade them to part with their money. This guide, written from an investor’s perspective, intends to help startups understand the key areas to focus on and emphasize when raising money.

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David Bradshaw

David Bradshaw

David is an expert in planning asset acquisitions, managing projects of up to $100m across the financial, real estate and consumer space.

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