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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Project Management Tools Comparison: Jira vs. Trello vs. MS Project vs. Basecamp vs. Asana vs. Wrike

by Vytas Butkus

Project management software comparison websites list about 600 different project management tools and choosing the right one can be head-spinning. We provide a list of 6 essential PM tools and insights on which types of projects they are most suited for.

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VR Project Development – How Project Managers Should Prepare

by Audrius Zujus

This article examines the VR technology, market trends, and most popular use cases. Key project roles are described alongside some most important challenges that PMs might face when managing a VR project.

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Exploring the History of Business Intelligence

by Paulo Limp

Business intelligence has been evolving for 150 years. The history of BI provides a fascinating look at how the adoption of computers played a critical role in the usage of BI tools and how mathematics became cool again in the 21st century.

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The Project Management Blueprint Part 2: A Comprehensive Comparison of Waterfall, DAD, SAFe, LeSS, and [email protected]

by Darren Hagman

Agile has become the mainstream approach to software delivery recently due to the popularity of Scrum and Kanban. However, many problems arise when project managers try to scale traditional agile frameworks to larger groups of people. A lot of companies revert to waterfall framework while others use hybrid methodologies like DAD, SAFe, LeSS, or [email protected]

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What Does an Agile Coach Do and How Can You Become One?

by Vytas Butkus

The role of Agile coach has been gaining popularity in recent years. In this article, we will talk about the different types of Agile coaches and their responsibilities. We will discuss how to effectively work with them as a project manager and give suggestions to PMs who want to become Agile coaches themselves.

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A Complete Guide on How to Seamlessly Take Over an Existing Project

by Luciano Castro

As project managers, we are sometimes tasked with taking over a project in progress. In this guide, we will outline how to execute a seamless project takeover. Use the included checklist for your upcoming projects.

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Project Management Evolution: Startups vs. Enterprises

by Vytas Butkus

Startups play poker, large companies play chess. In this article, we compare and contrast startup project management with enterprise project management. Different challenges and opportunities arise in both settings. The best project managers should be able to utilize their skill sets to achieve the maximum results in both environments.

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How PMs Can Be Ready for Robotic Process Automation

by Vytas Butkus

Robotic Process Automation has become a top priority for many companies in the last two years. Project Managers will increasingly have to manage projects developing software used not only by humans but also by bots. This article covers the opportunities and challenges for Project Managers brought forth by Robotic Process Automation.

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