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Community Pulse

Community Pulse is the spot for community managers and developer evangelists who are looking for information on community building. Community Builders Jason Hand, Mary Thengvall, 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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Mar 12, 2019

Jason, Mary, and PJ sync up after Episode 33 to discuss event management, creating new events, and where event organization fits into community management as a whole.

Mar 12, 2019

In this episode, our hosts are joined by Aaron Aldrich and Quintessence Anx, both of whom are Developer Advocates who also have experience organizing community events. Together, they discuss the challenges, lessons learned, and tips for organizing events for a technical audience.

Feb 4, 2019

Jason & PJ sync up after our latest episode to chat about their personal experiences with DevRel at big companies versus smaller companies. From delays due to colleagues based around the world to the simple pleasure of a large team to kick ideas around with, as always there are pros and cons to every scenario.

Jan 23, 2019

In this episode, our hosts discuss the similarities and differences of working in developer relations and advocacy in large organizations compared to small ones (or startups). Joining us in the conversation is Nathen Harvey of Google, Maureen McElaney from IBM, and Matt Asay from Adobe.

Dec 20, 2018

Mary, PJ, and Jason gather to chat about 2018: the rewards as well as the struggles. Per usual, there are tangents galore from the hosts you've come to love along with observations about how DevRel has come and what we might see in the future.

Nov 30, 2018

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn...these are all major parts of what we use everyday to stay in touch with the communities we are involved in, personally and professionally. What happens though when those lines blur? When something you say from your personal life gets picked up by people involved in your professional life? Is it all worthwhile?

 

Jason and PJ sit down with Emily Freeman and Harper Reed to discuss the pros, the cons, and few side tracks along the way.

 

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Nov 16, 2018

Mary and PJ join Jason to sync up on the recent episode that he hosted about Codes of Conduct. We cover a lot of ground: from the purpose that Codes of Conduct serve, to the fact that we agree to these standards in day-to-day life without realizing it, to the recent news stories about CoCs.

Oct 23, 2018

Jason flies solo on a great discussion of Codes of Conduct for events. We've brought in Carina C. Zona (CallBackWomen), Justin Reese (Code & Supply), and Tessa Mero (Cisco) to talk what works, what doesn't, and what happens when the CoC isn't followed.

 

Special thanks to our sponsor, IBM. Are you building cloud applications with Java, AI, Machine Learning, Serverless and Containers? IBM Developer provides a large number of Code Patterns, sample applications, articles, tutorials and videos to help you build faster. All code is available on GitHub. You can incorporate any code into existing applications or use it to start a new application. Simply go to developer.ibm.com to access IBM Developer resources and start building.

Oct 5, 2018

Mary opens up to PJ and Jason about struggles to create an in-person personal community when we're so often on the road. Even us extroverts need some downtime from the tech community and a chance to connect with friends, but how do we go about creating deep friendships when we aren't home to invest in them?

 

Special thanks to our sponsor, IBM. Are you building cloud applications with Java, AI, Machine Learning, Serverless and Containers? IBM Developer provides a large number of Code Patterns, sample applications, articles, tutorials and videos to help you build faster. All code is available on GitHub. You can incorporate any code into existing applications or use it to start a new application. Simply go to developer.ibm.com to access IBM Developer resources and start building.

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 communitypulse.io/23-cfps 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, Glitch.com.

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 (ignitetalks.io) about building communities, drawing people together, and how to know when your plans need to pivot.

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