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Toptal Insights provides thought leadership about topics central to the future of work, innovation, and distributed teams. We frequently collaborate with Toptal's enterprise team and clients, sharing exclusive perspective on emerging trends.

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Product Managers vs. Project Managers: Understanding Core Similarities and Differences

by Johnny Chao

Product managers and project managers are two of the most important roles in every technology company and are crucial to the future of tech. Yet they are often conflated and misunderstood. In this article (Part I in a two-part series), Johnny Chao -- Product Management Vertical Lead at Toptal, and a career product manager -- outlines the similarities and differences between each role, as well as the core skill sets that allow product and project managers to excel.

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How Technology Can Fix Student Assessments

by Toptal Research

In K-12 education, end-of-year student tests drive crucial decisions for teachers and policymakers. But these assessments are profoundly flawed ways of measuring student growth and achievement. This article explores the ways in which technology can improve such assessments, as well as the K-12 classroom experience as a whole.

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Employee Retention Strategies 101: Workplace Education

by Eryn Peters

As talented employees move between companies with increasing regularity, businesses are faced with a challenge: how to consistently retain their best and brightest. This article explores the use of continual employee education as a retention strategy that benefits both talent and employers.

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AI vs. BI: Differences and Synergies

by Toptal Research

Business Intelligence and artificial intelligence are increasingly crucial yet often misunderstood tools in an enterprise context. This article clarifies the differences between each field and explains how they will work together in the future.

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Don't Fight Employee Turnover. Accept, Adapt, and Leverage It.

by Andy Anderson

Although employee tenures are decreasing, innovative companies embrace the trend as an opportunity to maximize impact. In this article, Andy Anderson, a Toptal Client Partner, shares perspective on how such companies view - and capitalize on - employee attrition.

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The Catch-22 Facing Academia and the Tech Sector in the War for Top Talent

by Toptal Research

Academia and the tech sector are in a war for top technical talent. As well-funded tech companies continue to poach professors and graduate students, each sector faces crucial questions that may dictate their future relationship and long-term success. This article explores strategies that Bellevue College has employed to attract and retain top technical faculty.

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The Future of Work: A View from Seattle

by Toptal Research

Major economic forces are shaping the Future of Work. Toptal sits down with executives from Seattle to hear their perspective on topics impacting companies across the US, including the talent gap and the looming threat of disruptive innovation.

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Building Trust, Quality, and Integrity on the Internet, at Scale

by Toptal Research

Learn how Toptal, one of the world's largest fully remote companies, instills critical cultural elements to scale trust with its distributed team and customers.

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