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Today’s Project Management Blueprint: A Comparison of Lean, Agile, Scrum, and Kanban

Agile frameworks have shaped project management discourse for decades. This explainer traces the antecedents of Lean, Scrum, and Kanban and compares their approaches to managing software development projects.

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Darren Hagman

Darren Hagman

You’ve Landed Your Next Scrum Master Job. Now What?

The first days in a new position can be confusing and lead to avoidable mistakes. These Scrum master best practices will help you become the servant-leader your team needs.

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Anna Zakoyan

Anna Zakoyan

Agile Scaling: SAFe Best Practices for Scrum Masters

This article is part of Toptal’s Agile scaling series, designed to guide project managers in their team expansion efforts. In this second installment, Toptal Scrum expert Ammar Raafat discusses how Scrum masters moving into the role of release train engineer can help their teams thrive.

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Ammar Raafat Mohamed Bashandy

Ammar Raafat Mohamed Bashandy

A Road to Better Agile Testing

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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Vytas Butkus

Vytas Butkus

5 Questions a Scrum Master Should Ask Before Joining a Startup

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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Vytas Butkus

Vytas Butkus

5 False Hopes of Scrum and How to Fix Them

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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Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson

Agile, Scrum, and Kanban: What the Heck Do These Words Really Mean?

We increasingly hear “agile,” “scrum,” and “kanban” used improperly in today’s software development environment. This article will clarify how and when to use them for successful project outcomes.

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Goran Prijic

Goran Prijic

The Ultimate Introduction to Agile Project Management

Simply calling something agile isn’t particularly helpful. The word, even in a software context, means different things to different people or organizations. There are many facets, definitions, implementations, and interpretations.

This introduction to Agile project management discusses the behaviors, frameworks, techniques, and concepts supporting Agile approaches to software development.

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