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.

Toptalauthors are vetted experts in their fields and write on topics in which they have demonstrated experience. All of our content is peer reviewed and validated by Toptal experts in the same field.
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Toptalauthors are vetted experts in their fields and write on topics in which they have demonstrated experience. All of our content is peer reviewed and validated by Toptal experts in the same field.

Traversing Hybrid Project Management: The Bridge Between Agile and Waterfall

A hybrid approach that bridges Agile’s adaptability and Waterfall’s predictability can be challenging to implement but beneficial for some projects. Toptal project experts share their notes from the field.

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Monica Zaleski

Monica Zaleski

Monica is Lead Editor, Product and Projects, at Toptal and a former editor at the Project Management Institute. She worked in academic and business publishing for more than 15 years on book projects for the University of California Press, as well as on marketing communications projects for Microsoft, SAP, and Synnex. Monica also holds a doctorate in English.

Mastering SaaS Implementation: 4 Tips for Success

In today’s competitive business landscape, SaaS products are indispensable. Find out how to spearhead the introduction of these tools and navigate the intricacies of implementation.

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Alvaro Villena

Alvaro Villena

Alvaro is a seasoned technical project manager and consultant. He has rolled out numerous SaaS implementation projects and delivered complex cloud and AI-driven projects at numerous companies worldwide.

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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

Darren is a project manager and Scrum master with dedicated experience in both Waterfall and Agile approaches to managing software delivery. He spent 10 years as a developer and lead architect before becoming a project manager and has led successful projects across diverse industries, including transportation, e-commerce, and aerospace.

Kanban History: From 1950s Factory Floor to Today’s Remote Teams

From auto manufacturing in the 1950s to the modern digital workplace, Kanban’s evolution holds valuable lessons for today’s distributed project teams.

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Olamide Olanipekun

Olamide Olanipekun

Olamide is a project manager who specializes in leveraging technology to solve enterprise challenges. He is a former senior Agile project manager and senior IT business analyst for KPMG, and has also worked for Pluralsight and Alteryx.

Why KPI Management Needs Metrics for Empathy and Fairness

Traditional KPIs fail to capture the quality of workplace experiences. Use these new metrics to increase employee satisfaction and engagement—and therefore productivity and revenue—in your organization.

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Tarun Sukhani

Tarun Sukhani

Tarun is a project management expert, Certified Scrum Professional, and serial tech entrepreneur with 26 years of experience. Most recently, he founded—and acts as the CTO for—Abundent, an edutech startup focused on upskilling and reskilling knowledge workers, as well as the general public, in Industry 4.0. He holds three bachelor’s degrees, a master’s degree, and an MBA in finance.

How to Use Coaching in Organizational Change Management

Whether it’s introducing a new organizational structure, tool, or process, project managers are often agents of change. Help team members adapt and thrive with these four strategies.

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Lir Cowman

Lir Cowman

Lir is a project management expert and certified coach who helps companies navigate organizational change and transform business processes. She has consulted for a number of global companies, including Google and GlaxoSmithKline (now GSK), and holds an MBA in technology management.

When an Agile project has too little time and too few resources, an extra planning boost from the critical chain method can keep a project on the path to success.

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Costas Voliotis

Costas Voliotis

Costas is a project and product management expert who specializes in sophisticated technology projects for highly competitive markets around the world. Costas holds a doctorate degree from the National Technical University of Athens and has held multiple C-suite positions during his 25-year career.

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Marco De Stefano

Marco started out as a software developer but moved on to more suitable roles—scrum master and Agile project manager—which he’s been successfully occupying for over the past decade. His technical background and business-oriented mindset facilitate effective communication with development teams and with different business stakeholders. Recently in his latest projects, he also works as an Agile coach to foster scrum adoption.
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