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Automate Your Way to Better Project Management

by Greig O'Brien

Software automation tools can help project managers streamline tasks that distract from more crucial responsibilities. We took a deep dive into Jira’s automation capabilities and asked Toptal project managers for their thoughts on how to best automate workflow.

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Ace Your Online Conversion: SaaS Landing Page Best Practices

by Muhammad Junaid

The pandemic has fueled a boom in software services. Learn how to sell the benefits of these complex products with lessons from sharp, trust-inspiring SaaS landing pages that convert.

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Platform Business vs. Pipeline Business: How to Leverage Your Network

by Greg Barasia, CFA

Platform businesses of all kinds are hot in the startup world, but even pipeline businesses can benefit from the principles that make a platform business model successful.

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The Best React State Management Tools for Enterprise Applications

by Teimur Gasanov

State management in React has been a hotly debated topic for years, yet little attention seems to be paid to enterprise-level applications and their specific requirements. Let’s take a closer look and compare three of the most popular state management tools available today.

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Building and Scaling a Design System in Figma: A Case Study

by Abigail Beshkin

Building a design system for a multinational company means cataloging every component in meticulous detail. It’s a massive undertaking that calls for both a big-picture view and a focus on specifics. Here's how one design system team leader accomplished it.

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SSH Logging and Session Management Using AWS SSM

by Vimal Paliwal

A comprehensive tutorial on how to log SSH activity—minus sensitive input, like passwords—occurring in Linux AWS EC2 instances to either CloudWatch Logs or S3 buckets.

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Remote, not re-moat

by Taso Du Val

In the name of “returning to normal,” companies are forcing employees back into the office, locking out both themselves and their employees from working remotely—and all of the benefits that it brings.

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The Importance of Written Communication for Engineering Teams

by Stephanie Emma Pfeffer

While good engineering managers can code, great ones can also communicate. Written communication is integral to the management and scaling of engineering teams, says Juan Pablo Buritica, who has led several successful teams of engineers.

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Healthcare Product Development: Addressing Two Unique User Groups

by Jessica Brim

Engaging with patients and clinicians in the healthcare product development process is vital to creating truly useful products. Finding the balance between these two user groups can be tricky, however, as each has unique needs and considerations.

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