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 Complete List of Project Management Conferences 2020

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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Mission Driven Development

by Alvaro Villena

Growing organizations often find that Scrum is no longer enough but switching to SAFe is too complicated. Mission Driven Development utilizes the 6-week cycle and offers a lightweight approach to scaling Agile.

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Using Pretotypes to Support a Business Case

by Paul Morris

Concept pretotypes facilitate the creation of small-scale tests to verify basic assumptions about a project business case. Pretotyping can save hours of work during implementation and determine the success of a project.

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How Open-Loop Processes Disrupt Information Flow in Business

by Allan Milne Lees

The essence of a good process is very similar to the manner in which SQL-based relational databases were designed to ensure transactional consistency. Learn how closing open-loop processes saved tens of millions of dollars for a pharma company.

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Agile Documentation: Balancing Speed and Knowledge Retention

by Vinod Sukumaran

The various documents, artifacts, and the processes that generate documentation are some of the main symbols of the Waterfall model. Borrowing from Lean, Agile considers a lot of documentation as “waste” that needs to be eradicated in order to streamline the development lifecycle.

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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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