Toptal Projects Blog

The Toptal Projects Blog is a focal point for learning about the current best practices, tricks of the trade, and state of knowledge in Project Management and Agile leadership. These publications are brought to you by the professional project managers and agile professionals in the Toptal network.

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Stay on Track With These Proven Agile Project Estimation Techniques

by Jonathan Donado

Estimation is an important part of Agile project delivery, and there are many ways to weigh and rank the items in a backlog. This comprehensive guide can help you decide which method is best suited to your team and project.

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Agile Transformations: Why Leaders Resist and How to Bring Them on Board

by Andy Deighton

Agile transformations require significant organizational change, which can be unsettling for the C-suite. These tips can help Agile coaches address leaders’ uncertainty and create sustainable agility.

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Automate Your Way to Better Project Management

by Greig O'Brien

Software automation tools can help project managers streamline tasks that distract from more crucial responsibilities. We took a deep dive into Jira’s automation capabilities and asked Toptal project managers for their thoughts on how to best automate workflow.

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Hybrid Project Management: A Middle Ground Between Agile and Waterfall

by Greig O'Brien

Agile project management strives for adaptability, while Waterfall strives for predictability. A hybrid approach that marries the two can be challenging to implement but beneficial for some projects.

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Scrum Master vs. Agile Coach: Why Successful Transformations Need Both

by Tony Amos

During an Agile transformation, leaders often assume that the Agile coach role can be undertaken by a Scrum master. While they share similar traits, these roles have scopes that differ greatly.

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What Is a Technical Project Manager?

by Adina Zoltan

Surging demand for Technical Project Managers has raised some important questions for PMs in software development. What are the responsibilities and expectations associated with this role? And just how technical is “technical”?

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How to Facilitate Change Through Agile Servant Leadership

by Alvaro Villena

The philosophy of servant leadership gives project managers a superpower to influence teams without direct authority, which allows them to drive change across the organization more effectively.

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How to Build a Strong Remote Work Culture: An Interview with Christy Schumann

by Vytas Butkus

Christy Schumann, Toptal’s VP of Talent Operations, discusses what it is like to lead a 100-strong fully remote and distributed team that is responsible for matching Fortune 500 companies and well-funded startups with some of the best talent in the world.

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