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Community Pulse

Community Pulse is the spot for Developer Relations and Community professionals who are looking for information on building technical communities. Community Builders and DevRel veterans Jason Hand, Mary Thengvall, PJ Hagerty, Sarah-Jane Morris, and Wesley Faulkner interview experts in the field of Developer Relations and Community Leadership on a broad range of topics related to building community.
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Mar 17, 2020

Events have a code of conduct. Projects often have rules of behavior for those who participate. There are expected rules we follow when creating content, from adhering to MLA style to ensuring ideas are delivered in a succinct way with value to the consumer.

But when it comes to DevRel, there is no specific rule set or guidelines for practitioners. Beyond the external rules we need to follow as generally good humans, there is nothing to show how to be an ethical DevRel practitioner. So where does that leave us? 

Coraline Ada Ehmke and Don Goodman-Wilson join us to discuss this difficult topic.

Jan 28, 2020

There are generally common threads in what makes a person pick a career path. Are there common characteristics for DevRel practitioners? What are they and what does one look for to see if they are ready for the DevRel life? Amanda Folson and Geertjan Wielanga join our hosts for a great conversation exploring these topics.

Nov 19, 2019

We can’t all spend the next 10-20 years on the road. So what’s next after DevRel? What does our career path look like? In this episode, we’ll talk to Matt Broberg, Shannon Burns, and Lauren Cooney, who have all segued out of Developer Relations and taken their experience into a new, exciting role. We’ll discuss how and why they did it and how their transitions have gone. 

Sep 18, 2019

In this episode of Community Pulse, Jason, PJ, and Mary talk to Rain Leander and Sherrie Rohde about their role as Community Managers for open source projects and how this differs from what’s now considered Developer Relations.

Aug 8, 2019

Working with a specific community is great, but what happens when it’s time to change companies? Do you bring your community with you? Do you need to start over in a new community? What does it mean for your “personal brand”? Jason and PJ talk about all of these topics and more with this month’s guests, Alyss Noland and Joel Lord.

Jul 5, 2019

Developer Advocate. Community Engineer. Developer Evangelist. Community Manager. Technical Writer. All these are job titles in DevRel, but what do they mean, and what do people think we do based on our titles? Jason, Mary, and PJ are joined by Bear Douglas, Director of Developer Relations at Slack, and Jeremy Meiss, Director of Community at Solace, to chat about the various roles within DevRel and what makes them all unique. Is it really all in the name?

Mar 26, 2019

As Developer Relations becomes more mainstream, the understanding of what makes someone qualified to be a Developer Relations professional is getting cloudy. Do you have to have a technical background? And if so, does that mean that you’ve held a “Software Engineer” title? Or simply that you’ve taken the time to understand the technical pieces of your product? Jason, Mary, and PJ are joined by Karissa Peth, Sr. Developer Relations Program Manager at Microsoft, and Matty Stratton, DevOps Advocate at PagerDuty, as they dig into the nuances of the various Developer Relations career paths.

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.

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