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What Is Agile? A Philosophy That Develops Through Practice

by Umar Ali

Agile’s flexibility is attractive, but its lack of specificity leads teams to misinterpret its applications. Agile expert Umar Ali explains how he helps teams prioritize values over practices.

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4 Bold Predictions About the Metaverse and Business

by Laurence Brothers

The so-called “future of the internet” isn’t here yet, but it’s coming soon. Here’s how to start preparing your company for impending metaverse growth.

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Optimize Your Environment for Development and Production: A Pydantic Tutorial, Part 2

by Arjaan Buijk

Learn how to develop a Django application coupled with pydantic where the development environment matches production.

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Tell a Compelling Story: Pitch Deck Components That Persuade

by Brian Nichol

To persuade investors to fund your startup, your pitch deck must do more than present a solid business case. It must generate an emotional response.

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Growth Product Management: What You Need to Know

by Philippe Araujo

Growth product managers are now a mainstay of Silicon Valley, but what do they do, how do they work, and what value do they bring? Find out in this guide to an increasingly vital product role.

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Deconstructing Jobs: How Innovative Companies Are Reimagining Work

by Kristen Senz

Boundaries created by traditional jobs are holding businesses back, says Ravin Jesuthasan, author of *Work Without Jobs*. His case study of Providence Health & Services shows how a new work paradigm can solve talent issues and spur growth.

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The New Risk Management Playbook: Black Swans and the Rise of Scenario Analysis

by Michael J. McDonald

Want a risk management strategy that fosters resilience and reveals new opportunities? Shift your focus from predicting events to preparing for impacts.

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Craft an Outstanding UX Portfolio With These Recruiter Tips

by Ignasi Boza Palacín

Many UX portfolios are poorly formatted and lack crucial information. Leverage these portfolio design tips from a UX recruiter to stand out and get hired.

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Toxic Communication in Virtual Workspaces: A Looming Liability for Remote and Hybrid Companies

by Jeffrey Gangemi

The tendency to “speak” more harshly from a keyboard than you would face to face—called online disinhibition—doesn’t just happen on Twitter. When it creeps into office conversations, it can create a toxic work environment that damages your brand and bottom line.

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