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The Danger of Dark Patterns (With Infographic)

by Michael Craig

Are manipulative design techniques undermining your product and leading users to make bad decisions? Here’s how to avoid dark patterns and create ethical products that enhance customer trust.

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Stay on Track With These Proven Agile Project Estimation Techniques

by Jonathan Donado

Estimation is an important part of Agile project delivery, and there are many ways to weigh and rank the items in a backlog. This comprehensive guide can help you decide which method is best suited to your team and project.

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What Every Executive Needs to Know About the Day Facebook Disappeared From the Internet

by Peter Matuszak

Leading Toptal engineering and finance experts analyze the social network’s epic outage and distill key takeaways for business leaders. Find out what you can do to protect your company from a costly service interruption.

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Understanding Cognitive Bias in Product Design, the Good and Bad (With Infographic)

by Nataliia Pylypchuk

Knowing the psychology of how and why we make certain decisions can help in creating more user-centric sites and apps.

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Agile Transformations: Why Leaders Resist and How to Bring Them on Board

by Andy Deighton

Agile transformations require significant organizational change, which can be unsettling for the C-suite. These tips can help Agile coaches address leaders’ uncertainty and create sustainable agility.

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Designing Remote Ideation Workshops for Startups

by Guoming Xu

Remote ideation workshops help companies address business-related problems through creative exercises that prioritize speed, teamwork, and innovative thinking.

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Minimalist UX Design for Healthier Smartphone Engagement

by Florence Dairo

It’s easy to waste too much time staring at our smartphones, but minimalist UX design can help users build healthier engagement habits.

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Ensemble Methods: The Kaggle Machine Learning Champion

by Juan Manuel Ortiz de Zarate

Two heads are better than one. This proverb describes the concept behind ensemble methods in machine learning. Let's examine why ensembles dominate ML competitions and what makes them so powerful.

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Treating Remote Employees Fairly in a Hybrid Workplace

by Lauren Drell

Unconsciously favoring in-office employees—also called distance bias—can make top talent quit. Toptal Insights spoke with experts at PwC, Gartner, and more about how to protect your business.

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