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TechEd 2014: Building and managing a global engineering team made simple

Sathya Mithra Ashok | Sept. 15, 2014
Building and managing a team of global engineers and developers might seem like a difficult task, but it can be done more effectively, if not made simpler. The CTO and co-founder of Hoist Apps, Owen Evans, explains how.

"Instead, look to hire juniors, move workloads that are currently being done by people who have been with the organisation for some time to these juniors, and then give the more experienced person within your team the senior role. Go outside the usual pool of people that everybody tries to tap into — those that have been in the industry for five years."

Evans praised the NZ industry for not yet being as 'gimmicky' as companies in Silicon Valley — that offer free breakfasts, lunches and other perks — as the success or failure of any engineering team really comes down to trust, and that managers should motivate engineers to deliver at their best.


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