How to manage a technical team located around the world

managing remote technical team

We’ve been working with/ managing technical teams remotely for the past 3 years at 40 Foot, which came with a lot of hands-on experience on how to make all our engagements as smooth as possible. 

We have covered the main pain points under two sections: different time zones and communication.

Managing a technical team in different time zones

Working with different time zones could be a bit challenging.

The first step towards fixing that problem is to make sure that our clients are well aware of the difficulty and work together to make it work smoothly. If managed correctly, it is possible to turn this into an advantage.

When starting an engagement with a new client, we make sure our remote team overlaps for the maximum number of hours during the ramp-up period.

During this time we start off with doing multiple video calls with the on-shore team where the business is explained clearly. We also hold multiple technical sessions to walk the remote team through the solution and help a fast environment setup.

After the above is done, we then agree on a reasonable time, for standup and other agile meetings, that is sustainable for both teams on the different time zones.

One example is having twice a week a standup meeting in addition to daily asynchronous slack standup updates.

Now we can talk about taking advantage of the time zone difference. Let’s take an example of a client having a product used by people in the United States but their main development team is in New Zealand. Having a team working in different time zones could be used potentially to have round the clock support.

Communication within remote technical teams

Communication is considered a main factor that determines the success or failure of working with a remote team. We understand and that is why our 40 Foot interview process not only focuses on finding the best of the best technically, but also we make sure all our hires are fluent in English. 

After hiring new off-shore talent to our team, we make sure to do a cultural on-boarding to get our team to understand the kiwi culture for a “sweet as” experience for both our team and our clients. 

Contact us today to see how we can help you move your businesses forward with a remote technical team.

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