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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Beware of time zones, but take advantage of them, too

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"Time zones can be a pain in the butt when dealing with distributed teams," says Mullenweg. "We don't try to put developers in the same place, but we do try to keep teams spread across no more than eight hours."

Time differences greater than that can make working in a closely knit team difficult, he warns. But when you need to keep a team active 24/7/365, then having staff in different time zones around the world can actually be a big benefit, he adds. That's because it's always daytime somewhere, making it easier to fill night shifts in the U.S., and having team members in different countries also ensures that everyone is not off celebrating the same national or religious holiday.

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