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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A Road to Better Agile Testing

by Vytas Butkus

The yearly World Quality Report created by Capgemini shows that 42% of survey respondents list a “lack of professional test expertise” as a challenge in applying testing to Agile development. While the advent of Agile has brought the increased speed of iterations for software development, in some cases this has come at the cost of quality.

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What Is PMO? A Guide to Project Management Office

by Simone Theeboom

Ever wondered how to successfully improve the delivery of projects in your organization? Using PMO best practices, business can drive consistent delivery of projects in today’s competitive environment.

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5 Questions a Scrum Master Should Ask Before Joining a Startup

by Vytas Butkus

The scrum master role has been gaining popularity with the widespread adoption of Agile. Startups adopt Scrum at an ever earlier stage and look for professionals to help them out. There are some simple questions a scrum master candidate can ask to find the right startup company for their skill set.

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The Comprehensive List of Agile Conferences

by Vytas Butkus

The only Agile conference list you will ever need. This list contains 116 Agile conferences all around the world. It is arranged by month and includes insights about notable conferences, locations, and ticket prices.

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5 False Hopes of Scrum and How to Fix Them

by Matt Johnson

Scrum is easy to introduce but hard to master. Left to its own devices, Scrum creates false hopes and undercuts many of the expected benefits. Scrum teams need to continually improve their process and work culture to reap the rewards of an Agile transition.

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A Complete List of Project Management Conferences

by Vytas Butkus

The only project management conference list you will ever need. This list contains all the information you might need when picking a conference including insights about the conference, locations, and ticket prices.

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KPIs for Success – An Overview of Project Manager Performance Metrics

by Laurie Harvey

Develop a high-performing team by empowering the project manager. A software project manager is the cornerstone in a product lifecycle. Explore the six key KPIs that will inspire incredible results.

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A Project Manager's Guide to Digital Transformation

by Vytas Butkus

89% of organizations adopted or have plans to adopt a digital-first strategy in 2018. Digital transformation requires both a cultural shift and a restructuring of products and services around new digital capabilities. Project managers are some of the most important people on the tactical level during a digital transformation.

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