Community Pulse

Community Builders Mary Thengvall, Jason Hand, and PJ Hagerty interview experts in the field of Community Leadership and Management on a broad range of topics related to building community.
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Aug 24, 2018

Mary, Jason, and PJ get together after the episode to talk content, Mary's upcoming book, and some of the hurdles they've seen to getting content out there.

Aug 21, 2018

One important part of the Dev Advocate lifestyle is content creation, which can range from penning the perfect tweet to blog posts to docs and tutorials. Content matters when it comes to interacting with the Community. In this episode, we talk with Lorna Jane Mitchell about content creation and the process of working with folks who are not content creators to make the best of your project or community’s written record.

Aug 3, 2018

What happens when you step out of the office and take a break for a while? Whether vacation or funemployment, downtime is important. But how do we do this while continuing to be part of our communities? Jason & PJ chat about these topics & more.

Jun 30, 2018

PJ, Jason, and Mary sync up after the podcast recording with J. Paul Reed and Greg Bulmash (Episode 25: Team Dynamics) to recap the episode and share a few more thoughts.

Jun 14, 2018

PJ, Jason, and Mary sit down with J. Paul Reed (@jpreed) and Greg Bulmash (@yiddishninja) to chat about team dynamics, working between departments, and setting boundaries for your DevRel team.

Jun 7, 2018

PJ, Jason, and Mary sync up after the podcast recording with Kelsey Hightower (Episode 24: Imposter Syndrome) to recap the episode and share a few more thoughts.

May 28, 2018

PJ, Jason, and Mary joined up with Kelsey Hightower from Google Cloud Platform to chat about imposter syndrome:

- What is imposter syndrome?

- Is it a "thing"?

- How can we overcome imposter syndrome in ourselves?

- How can we prevent imposter syndrome in others?

Apr 14, 2018

Conference season is fast approaching, but we all know that the true preparation starts months ahead when all of the CFPs open. In this episode of Community Pulse, Mary, PJ, and Jason sit down with VM (Vicky) Brasseur to chat about how to craft the best CFPs, navigating the land of limbo before you find out whether your talk has been accepted, and how to prepare the best talk once you've gotten your acceptance notice. Buckle up and get your notebook ready -- this is an episode full of tips and tricks and good advice from an expert. See for links and other show notes.

Mar 11, 2018

PJ and Jason sit down with Matt Broberg, VP of Community at Sensu and Jill Jubinski, ‎Senior Manager of Tech Recruiting at ‎Fastly to talk about hiring a Developer Relations team. From how to find the mythical creatures that form the right team to who your first hire should be and what recruiters screen for, you'll learn about the who, how, what, and when of pulling together a Developer Relations team from scratch.

Feb 10, 2018

Defining Developer Relations is a difficult thing to do. So how do you know what to expect when you transition into Community & DevRel? This month, PJ and Mary chat with Emily Freeman and Chloe Condon about how their initial experience has been and what they'd do differently if they had a choice.

Jan 23, 2018

Mary, Jason, and PJ get together to kick off 2018 with a chat about meetups! What makes a great meetup? Are branded meetups valuable? Let's find out!

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Dec 15, 2017

Jason, Mary, and PJ do an end of year wrap-up on the highs, lows, and day-to-day of 2017. We talk about the tough parts of being in DevRel, the importance of diversity, and other topics we've seen this year.

Aug 29, 2017

Episode 18 finds Jason and PJ in Pittsburgh at Uptime Conf! We took the opportunity to sit down with Community Organizer and Pittsburgh Advocate, Justin Reese.

Jun 12, 2017

In this episode, Mary, Jason, and PJ sit down with the illustrious Anil Dash of Fog Creek Software to discuss interactions with people, why DevRel is so important yet misunderstood, and Anil's cool new project,

Apr 20, 2017

After all 3 hosts being in the same physical place at the same time, Mary, Jason, and PJ come together to recap DevOpsDays, talk about different communities, and chat about all the things we're thinking.

Mar 20, 2017

While none of our guests for this episode have "Community Manager" in their title, these folks know a lot about building local communities. Jason and Mary chat with some of the top people behind Ignite Talks ( about building communities, drawing people together, and how to know when your plans need to pivot.

Feb 13, 2017

Jason, Mary, and PJ sit down with Kim Bannerman (@kmbannerman) and Eamon Leonard (@eamonleonard) about how to start a community. We meander down that topic while exploring the rabbit holes of burnout, dealing with difficult community members, who actually makes up a community, what separates a leader from a participant, and more.

Jan 13, 2017

Ken Mugrage and Matt Broberg join Mary, Jason, and PJ to discuss metrics, divining the future from the past, and Jason's odd love of Fuller House!

Dec 13, 2016

Mary and PJ get together with Jason Yee (@gitbisect), Davey Shafik (@dshafik), and David Blank-Edelman (@otterbook) to talk travel tips, packing ideas, and what you can't live without on a plane!

Dec 7, 2016

The return of guests Jessica Fish (@fishica) and John Willis (@botchagalupe) to discuss recognizing burnout and dealing with it.

Nov 21, 2016

Your hosts Jason Hand, Mary Thengvall, and PJ Hagerty in conversation with guests Jessica Fish and John Willis on the topic of Burnout in the DevRel community.

Oct 31, 2016

In this Halloween-ish episode of Community Pulse, PJ and Mary talk to Coraline Ada Ehmke and Ed Finkler. We explore the the two sides of the same coin that are the life of technical advocates.

Jul 27, 2016

The one where we introduce PJ Hagerty, the new guy. Jason and Mary talk about why they’ve decided to add a third person, as well as their plan for the next few episodes and their hopes for the podcast going forward.

May 20, 2016

In this episode of Community Pulse we were joined by Nathen Harvey (VP of Community Development, Chef) and Phil Leggetter (Head of Developer Relations, Nexmo) to talk about learning to scale a community role.

Apr 11, 2016

Jason Yee, PJ Hagerty, and Carina C. Zona join us to talk through some of the prevalent struggles in community management. Trust us – you’ll simply want to listen.

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