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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Meet up regularly

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Communication tools can be effective, but it is very hard for remote teams that use them to simulate the "water cooler effect" of chance encounters and conversations with fellow developers, believes Avleen Vig, an operations engineer at online craft marketplace Etsy.

"We solve it by having people come in once a quarter," he says. "Productive chance water cooler meetings don't happen five times a day, but perhaps once every few weeks. We try to have all those moments in a short period of time when we meet."

He explains that these quarterly meetings also help developers make social connections with each other and learn how they like to interact: in a serious way or a more informal way. "If you are not next to someone from time to time then that kind of thing can be hard to pick up," says Vig.

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