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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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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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Project Management Cheat Sheet

by Adi Behlulovic

There is no perfect framework that can be applied universally. Project managers should tailor processes to work best with their teams and develop skills that will serve them well throughout their career.

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Making Change Stick: How to Get Change Management Right

by Alan David Walker

Change management is critical to project success. Studies report that about three-quarters of change efforts flop if they are not managed well. Learn how to get change management right.

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An Introduction to Workarea Commerce Platform

by Maxim Sterjanov

The global eCommerce market has grown from $2.8 trillion to $3.5 trillion over the last year, and the projected growth remains at a staggering 18% per year. Workarea is positioning itself as a highly flexible and customizable offering for enterprise clients to satisfy the growing demand.

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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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