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The New Risk Management Playbook: Black Swans and the Rise of Scenario Analysis

by Michael J. McDonald

Want a risk management strategy that fosters resilience and reveals new opportunities? Shift your focus from predicting events to preparing for impacts.

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Toxic Communication in Virtual Workspaces: A Looming Liability for Remote and Hybrid Companies

by Jeffrey Gangemi

The tendency to “speak” more harshly from a keyboard than you would face to face—called online disinhibition—doesn’t just happen on Twitter. When it creeps into office conversations, it can create a toxic work environment that damages your brand and bottom line.

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Extended Reality and Its Possibilities: A Guide for XR Product Managers

by Eugene Ovcharenko

How can product managers leverage the possibilities offered by the latest XR technologies? Industry veteran Eugene Ovcharenko presents use cases and best practices for an evolving field.

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Deconstructing Jobs: How Innovative Companies Are Reimagining Work

by Kristen Senz

Boundaries created by traditional jobs are holding businesses back, says Ravin Jesuthasan, author of Work Without Jobs. His case study of Providence Health & Services shows how a new work paradigm can solve talent issues and spur growth.

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Streamline Jira Workflows With These Best Practices

by Kelly Provost

Jira’s flexibility can make managing projects complicated if your setup isn’t optimized for success. Use these Jira workflow best practices to strengthen the efficiency and clarity of your projects.

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The Key Automation Opportunity Healthcare Leaders Must Focus on Next

by Peter Matuszak

Insurance verification and prior authorizations eat up precious hours that skilled staff could be spending with patients. AI in healthcare can help.

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Rebrand Case Study: More Than Just a New Logo

by Rehan Saiyed

When a simple logo refresh turned into a full-scale rebrand process, Toptal designer Rehan Saiyed took inspiration from ancient concepts of the number three—and a colorful parrot.

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Proof in Numbers: Using Big Data to Drive Results

by Lavinius Marcu

These case studies illustrate how data-driven product management can make a radical difference in how you solve large-scale product issues.

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An In-depth Look at C++ vs. Java

by Timothy Mensch

Deciding on a language can be intimidating when you don’t have deep experience with the available options. This comparison explores the fundamental differences between C++ and Java, and what to consider when choosing between them.

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