8 tips for finding and managing programmers

Recruiting top software engineers may involve distributed development teams. Here are eight tips to ensure these remote teams are productive.

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Hire developers who like to work remotely

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This may sound obvious, but it's important, Mullenweg says. "Everything starts with hiring. You need to filter out the people who are not productive in a distributed environment."

He points out that many companies have people working in roles that are distributed -- like journalists in a news organization or salespeople in almost any organization -- and those people are used to working remotely. But while some developers are suited to working remotely, that doesn't automatically mean all of them are.

"If you have a developer that likes to have a social life that revolves around your workplace, then working remotely won't work for them," Mullenweg says.

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