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How Engineering Managers Can Effectively Manage a Remote Team of Developers

Managing a large team of developers has its own set of challenges, but what happens when that team is fully – or mostly – remote? With a remote team, you can’t walk over to someone’s desk and see how they’re doing. Employees may be working from all around the world in different time zones, so getting together all at once might be impossible. The list goes on.

But it can be done! And lots of companies are successfully running a remote engineering team. Here are some tips from Engineering Managers and CEOs on how they manage their remote development teams.

How to Build Relationships With Remote Developers During the Interview Process

Post by Rich Moy on Jan 2, 2017 12:00:00 PM

It’s becoming more and more obvious that offering remote working options will help companies meet their hiring goals in 2017 and beyond. In fact, over 24% of the developers who responded to our survey this year said that the flexibility to work from home is one of their biggest job priorities. However, it takes much more than simply making the decision to hire remote developers to attract the types of candidates you need. To help you stand out in a crowded market, here are a few tips to help you build trust with your top candidates.  

How to Include Remote Developers in Holiday Festivities

Post by Rich Moy on Dec 6, 2016 12:00:00 PM

If you currently employ any number of remote developers, you should think about how to keep them engaged throughout the entire year. And even though things tend to slow down around this time of year, it’s important to keep employee engagement on your radar—especially as your company starts to celebrate around the office in the coming weeks. Before you get too caught up in the season, here are a few tips to ensure that your remote workers get to share in the fun.

Ask a Developer: What's Appealing About Remote Work Options?

Post by Rich Moy on Nov 17, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Employers that offer remote work options understand the benefits of looking beyond their cities for the right developers. Not only does it allow recruiters to reach talent they otherwise would not have found, but it also enables them to keep their best developers when life events force them to move to another location. The common perks of remote work is well-documented, but we were curious to find out about those that recruiters don't discuss quite as frequently. To get to the bottom of why remote work options are so important to developers, we asked a few programmers who work remotely full time for their thoughts.

3 Common Misconceptions About Hiring Remote Developers

Post by Rich Moy on Nov 10, 2016 12:00:00 PM

For a growing number of companies, remote developers have proven that the right people, equipped with the right tools can be incredibly valuable members of any software development team. However, even though the benefits of offering remote working options seem obvious to some, many companies still focus their developer hiring strategies around finding the best local tech talent. As surprising as this might sound, a handful of stigmas persist about remote working options, which are ultimately keeping employers from finding the developers they need. Here are a few of the most common misconceptions about allowing developers to work from wherever they’re located.

3 Keys to Building a Successful Remote Work Culture for Developers

Post by Rich Moy on Oct 31, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Based on a recent Gallup report that found that 37% of U.S. workers say they have telecommuted, it would be easy to assume that allowing developers to work remotely is enough to foster a healthy remote work culture. However, as challenging as hiring remote developers can be, it’s even more challenging to keep them engaged and retain them. While remote development teams at many companies have proven that remote software development teams can work well together, their success is a result of thoughtful planning around how to put their programmers in a position to succeed. Whether you’re already offering remote work options or are about to get on board, here are a few keys to creating a successful remote work culture.

Hiring Remote Developers? Here's How to Write Job Listings That Stand Out

Post by Rich Moy on Oct 24, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Remote working options don’t always speak for themselves, especially when it comes to writing job listings that resonate with developers. Sure, you could include a line or two about how you’ll consider candidates located beyond your city limits, but it takes much more than that to attract the right developers. Remote developers want to be sure that they’ll have the tools and support they need to get their jobs done, regardless of the fact that they work from home. To help you tell a more compelling story to candidates who can’t commute to your headquarters, use these tips to write tech job listings that remote developers want to read.  

How to Optimize Your Candidate Experience for Remote Developers

Post by Rich Moy on Oct 21, 2016 12:00:00 PM

The phrase “candidate experience” might not be the first thing you consider when you’re interviewing a remote developer. It would be easy to assume that all you need is a working phone, a computer, and an Internet connection. Even though most of the interview process won’t happen in person, your candidate experience is still not lost on remote developers, for better or for worse. To help you make a positive first impression on remote developers, here are a few tips for creating a best-in-class virtual candidate experience.

3 Things Remote Developers Wish Recruiters Knew

Post by Rich Moy on Oct 19, 2016 12:00:00 PM

I’ll be the first to tell you that I’ve made the assumption that if you told every developer in the world they could work remotely, they’d all jump at the opportunity. And sure, to some developers, the thought of having no commute and no formal dress code sounds like an incredible arrangement. While a growing number of developers are choosing to work remotely, it’s important to remember that writing code from a home office still has its own unique challenges. We reached out to a few developers to hear what they wish more employers knew about what it’s like to work remotely. Here’s what they had to say.

4 Interview Questions to Ask Remote Developer Candidates

Hiring developers can be challenging. Hiring developers who will work remotely is even more of a challenge. You want that ideal candidate who is not only qualified but also able to work efficiently with your existing team. In addition to testing these candidate’s technical skills, you’ll also want to ask some questions specific to remote working. Here are a few examples to get you started.

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