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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Ensure project leaders can manage remote teams

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A person who is otherwise a good manager won’t necessarily be good at managing a distributed team, Vig warns.

"When I worked in the office I used to have a one-on-one with my manager once a week for about 30 minutes," he says. "Now that I work remotely, my manager calls me two or three times a week for about an hour. That may seem like a time sink but it isn't, as we would have had more interactions in the hallway. The point is that now it takes longer for him to fill me in. Leaders need to learn new skills."

Naresh Jain goes further, suggesting that it may not be necessary to have a permanent team leader at all. "Open source projects don't have a central command and control structure," he says. "Leaders emerge and disappear as needed -- so with a distributed team you don't have to have a dedicated leader."

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