How Bench Resources Hurt Software Developer Retention

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If you’re looking for an offshore vendor, be aware that most just assign their clients a set of bench resources. This might not seem like a problem, in fact it might seem completely reasonable. But think about it this way: offshore vendors are notorious for their high attrition rates of their employees---attrition ends up hurting the U.S. client’s work progress because they have to onboard new developers and regain domain expertise---but one of the reasons turnover rates are so high with offshore vendors comes down to the fact that people don’t like being bench resources. Developers generally want to work on real...
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Online Resources for Tech Hiring Managers

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The internet is full of educational resources these days, but how do we find the ones that are worth our time? Here's a readers digest of valuable resources for tech hiring managers: Free Online Videos from The New Boston Thenewboston.com is not just an online forum, it’s also a platform for a multitude of instructional videos from tech to humanities, business to beauty. Programmers review The New Boston tech tutorials as being short to the point, however they’re reviewed as being better for those who are just starting out in new areas. So if you need a short introduction to a new...
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5 Resolutions for You and Your Coworkers in 2016

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Ahhh, the beginning of a new year. Have you set yourself up to win this year? Acquired yourself a new gym membership, decluttered your workspace, prepared yourself to focus on all things fresh and new? 2016 is shaping up to be the best year of your life. Why not take some of that energy towards change and improvement and give your team at work a boost? Who says groups of people can’t set collective resolutions? Here are 5 resolution ideas for you and your coworkers to consider as you dive into the new year.  1. Get Healthier This one is definitely cliche,…

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Flood Relief Efforts

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Chennai recently experienced a natural disaster caused by non-stop monsoon rains and overflowing rivers and reservoir. The flood waters are receding, leaving behind a terrible wake of destruction. EC Group has been organizing relief efforts for our friends in the community who have been hit hard by the floods. Below are pictures of our supply delivery to the nearby Gypsy village, with which we've participated in many community events in the past year. You can check out our blog for other posts about what kind of events we've held with this group in the past.
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How to get your Team out of the Office

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Lately we’ve been talking about why it’s important to get your team out of the office. There’s an old piece of advice that people give to someone contemplating getting married—they say take a trip with that person. If you go and you spend seven days on a road trip with them and you come back and you still want to get married, then that’s probably the person for you. That’s a piece of advice we can apply to teams, too. Get your team outside of the norm. Experience new things, get out of your comfort zone, and then you get…

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How does Getting out of the Office Make Teams Stronger?

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How does seeing another side of a person help you work better with them? Receive content like this and more in your inbox! Video Transcript: There’s an old piece of advice that people give to someone contemplating getting married, and they say take a trip with that person. If you go and you spend seven days on a road trip with them and you come back and you still want to get married, then that’s probably the person for you. And I was thinking about this and I was thinking that there’s a lot of advice there than can go towards working with a...
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The Importance of Communication Tools (video)

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Is your lousy office communication tool slowing down your team's progress? Here's advice on how to choose a tool that's right for you. Receive content like this and more in your inbox! Video Transcript: Any tools are a large part of communication when you’re talking, especially, about a team that’s distributed or remote.  So it comes down to really three aspects when looking at tools for communication. The first is you need to have all the stakeholder onboard, so all the people that are in your project need to really have a say in the tool that you’re choosing. Because it needs...
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How Does Casual Communication Improve your Team

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When you’re communicating with your distributed team, it’s so easy to just start talking about deliverables and things you need ASAP. Things that are due right away. Things that you need to work on. You miss out on the water cooler talk. It’s easy to have those conversations when you’re next to each other as you walk by someone’s desk or cubicle—but when you have a distributed team and no one is in the same office, you end up not having casual conversations. Instead, conversations are all about work. What happens then is you kind of get tuned out—especially if…

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Team Communication: the Water Cooler (video)

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Do you love water cooler talk, or hate it? Here's a short video on why it's actually very important (especially for distributed teams).   Video Transcript: It’s so easy to get into the habit of when you’re communicating with your team, to just start talking about deliverables. Start talking about things that you need ASAP. Things that are due right away. Things that you need to work on. And, you miss out on the water cooler talk. It’s easy to have those conversations when you’re next to each other, when you’re just walking by someone’s desk or cubicle, but when...
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