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Simplicity Is Key: Exploring Minimal Web Design

Designers who approach minimalist UI design as being easy are often surprised at the amount of effort, time, and skill required to create a product that can achieve its aims while remaining truly minimalist.

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Cameron Chapman

Cameron Chapman

Cameron comes from a design background and is the author of two web design books: Color for Web Design and The Smashing Idea Book.

The Project Management Blueprint, Part 2: A Comprehensive Comparison of Waterfall, DAD, SAFe, LeSS, and Scrum@Scale

Agile has become the mainstream approach to software delivery recently due to the popularity of Scrum and Kanban. However, many problems arise when project managers try to scale traditional agile frameworks to larger groups of people. A lot of companies revert to waterfall framework while others use hybrid methodologies like DAD, SAFe, LeSS, or Scrum@Scale.

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Darren Hagman

Darren Hagman

Darren is a veteran developer, scrum master, and project manager with deep experience in both waterfall and agile methodologies.

Color Theory for Designers – A Crash Course (with Infographic)

Color: It’s stunningly beautiful and maddeningly deceptive. Use this color theory field guide (with an infographic) to make lightning-quick color choices with unwavering confidence.

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Micah Bowers

Micah Bowers

Micah helps businesses craft meaningful engagement through branding, illustration, and design.

Architecting Optimization Algorithms with HorusLP

HorusLP is a new Python tool designed to help with the architecture of algorithm development workflows. It provides an architectural framework for the development of optimization algorithms.

In this article, Toptal Freelance Software Engineer Shanglun Wang explains how HorusLP came to be and demonstrates its capabilities with a few example algorithms.

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Shanglun Wang

Shanglun Wang

Sean is a passionate polyglot: A full-stack wizard, sys admin, and data scientist. He’s also developed market intelligence software.

How to Automate Your Business Processes With Salesforce

Salesforce is probably the most popular CRM platform, with various products giving you the power to put your business thoughts into action.

In this article, Toptal Freelance Developer and Salesforce Certified Application Architect and Platform Developer (II) Jayant Nathani explains how Salesforce can help automate your business processes for a more efficient business.

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Jayant Nathani

Jayant Nathani

Jayant is a Salesforce Certified Application Architect and Platform Developer II, and has worked in several projects in a variety of fields.

The Chat Crash: When a Chatbot Fails

There’s much confusion and hyperbole surrounding chatbots. The tech is promising, but the user experience is lacking. We examine five chatbot fails and share practical tips to improve their UX.

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Micah Bowers

Micah Bowers

Micah helps businesses craft meaningful engagement through branding, illustration, and design.

Goodbye, Overdue Receivables

Overdue receivables are one of the most common and serious frustrations entrepreneurs face. The hidden costs can be staggering, from lost time dealing with the problem to the cost of hiring dedicated experts, to the serious and long term damage to a business’ reputation with its clients. In this guide, we provide six steps all businesses should take to avoid the headache of overdue receivables.

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Scott Hoover

Scott Hoover

Scott is a CPA with three focus areas: high-level monthly financial oversight, accounting software projects, and corporate tax planning.

Python and Finance: Power Up Your Spreadsheets

The Python language has the functionality to consign many a VBA-filled spreadsheet, held together with sticky tape, to the recycle bin. Its ease of use and suitability for iterative development lends well to finance-based workflows. We delve into this and provides a brief tutorial.

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Stefan Thelin

Stefan Thelin

Stefan is the Director of Data-Driven Insights and Analytics for Cargotec, a leading provider of cargo and loading solutions. He has also served as an M&A director and a startup CFO, and led financial modeling and analysis as a leveraged finance manager at the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Cross-cultural Design and the Role of UX

Bringing a digital product to a new market can feel like navigating uncharted territory. Cultural differences are hard to identify but essential to understanding when developing a localized user experience.

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Jenny Shen

Jenny Shen

Jenny is a UX designer who helps innovate digital products by defining strategy and designing user-centric experiences.

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