Mary Thengvall is a connector of people at heart, personally and professionally. She loves digging into the strategy of how to build and foster developer communities and has been doing so for over 10 years. Mary is the Director of Developer Relations at Camunda, an open source process automation platform. She's the author of The Business Value of Developer Relations (© 2018, Apress).
April 27th, 2020 | 17 mins 51 secs
Join Mary, Jason, and PJ as they reflect on their conversation with Karen and Elizabeth. They share some of their personal experiences that have shaped their opinions of marketing departments in the past and talk through the new concepts that were introduced in this episode.
Developer Relations and Developer Marketing: the differences, the similarities, the partnerships (Ep 46)
April 21st, 2020 | 41 mins 30 secs
It’s not hard to say there is a difference between Developer Relations and Developer Marketing...but where does that line sit? There is definitely overlap, but how do we identify efforts or activities that fall more into one category or the other? To help us define these roles and where those lines might be, we are joined by guests Elizabeth Kinsey and Karen White.
March 31st, 2020 | 1 hr 7 mins
This has been a surreal and historic few weeks across the globe. We recently gathered a group of DevRel professionals to talk about how COVID-19 has impacted them and their DevRel role, from what their current focuses are, how their Q2 goals have changed, whether they’re transitioning to online events (and what that will look like in the future), and more. Join us for a special live episode as we dig into the potential long term changes to our industry post COVID-19.
March 24th, 2020 | 25 mins 44 secs
PJ, SJ, and Mary chat further on the subject of ethics following Episode 45. Tune in to hear more from their own unique perspectives once the guests have left.
March 16th, 2020 | 46 mins 10 secs
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.
December 5th, 2019 | 51 mins 4 secs
Mary, Jason, and PJ officially welcome new host SJ Morris to the show! We all take the opportunity to review what we've done this year, talk about some trends we've noticed within DevRel, and generally put our final thoughts on all things 2019!
November 26th, 2019 | 16 mins 52 secs
Your hosts sit down to discuss the finer points of the episode - what does happen after DevRel? We take a look at some of the antecedents leading to leaving DevRel and the options we've heard folks consider in our travels and conversations.
November 19th, 2019 | 50 mins 6 secs
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.
Audience Segmentation: Why finding your core community is an integral piece of a successful devrel strategy (Ep 41)
October 18th, 2019 | 47 mins 27 secs
Figuring out what segment of the technical industry your product is focused on can be a difficult endeavor, but it’s necessary in order to set your DevRel team up for success. “Developers, Developers, Developers” has a nice ring to it, but in reality, it is far too large of a group to focus on. In this episode of Community Pulse, our hosts are joined by Sarah-Jane Morris, Founder of Listen Community Consulting, and Jesse Davis, Executive VP of Product and Technology at Devada, to talk about audience segmentation and how it plays into building a sustainable DevRel strategy.
October 2nd, 2019 | 17 mins 15 secs
Jason, PJ, and Mary grab a post episode chat on titles, Open Source Community Management, and hills people seek out to raise their flags.
September 18th, 2019 | 38 mins 2 secs
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.
August 1st, 2019 | 25 mins 24 secs
Mary, PJ, and Jason talk about how things have changed in the realm of tech conferences over the last decade. They discuss at what point a company should start sponsoring conferences as well as how to mitigate team-wide burnout and the fact that speaking at or sponsoring conferences takes a lot of time and energy outside of the conference dates.
July 25th, 2019 | 48 mins 3 secs
"Conference Season" used to be a definitive time of year -- the time when things were chaotic and everything revolved around travel, talks, sponsorships, and schedules. But these days it seems like the whole year is chock-full of conferences, big and small. So how can we help build an event strategy that's sustainable, not only for our team, but for our budgets? Amanda Gonser, Manager of Community Events and Content at PagerDuty, and Matt Auerbach, Event Director at Twitch and Co-founder of Confir, join Mary, PJ, and Jason to talk about all of these topics and more.
July 5th, 2019 | 55 mins 5 secs
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?
July 5th, 2019 | 17 mins 55 secs
PJ, Jason, and Mary recap the conversation with Bear Douglas and Jeremy Meiss. They touch on how the growth of the industry has impacted Developer Relations job titles as well as salaries before meandering into personal brand. At the end of the day, is it really our job title that matters or is it more about how we interact with others?
June 28th, 2019 | 18 mins 23 secs
Jason and Mary talk about content that we produce for our personal brands as well as our corporations. What lines do we draw to maintain the boundary of our personal versus professional lives? And if that line gets blurred, how do we push pause to be able to recoup our energy and prevent burnout? We also touch on the importance of producing content that's specific to your learning style even if that topic has already been covered, because other folks likely learn the same way you do.