Community Pulse

About the show

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, 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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  • DevRel Resources (Ep 63)

    November 18th, 2021  |  37 mins 30 secs

    If there’s one thing that’s true across developer relations professionals, it’s that we live to educate and support. That extends to our fellow devrels - and in recent years, a flurry of developer relations related supporting materials have surfaced; from blogs to books, tweets to (ahem) podcasts, and more. What’s the best way to dig through them all to get the support and guidance you need? Today’s guests will cover that from several angles - from someone new to the devrel world, to someone looking to get more folks connected to devrel, and us hosts that are somewhere in between.

  • DevRel Salary Survey Results (Ep 62)

    October 15th, 2021  |  39 mins 4 secs

    Figuring out what the standard pay is for a DevRel professional can be difficult, especially when considering expectations, experience, and different niche industries within tech. What’s the average, what makes sense for the role, what’s fair - these are all questions that come to mind when considering compensation for what we do. Luckily, today’s guests have gathered some information and crunched the numbers to help you make a more informed approach to what a fair salary is for your role.

  • Virtual Events and ROI - Are we getting our money's worth? (Ep 61)

    September 3rd, 2021  |  38 mins 7 secs

    Over the last year, we’ve talked about virtual events quite a bit - from how to get started to bringing things together in a short period of time. That said, being a sponsor at these virtual events has been somewhat of a challenge. With no real “booth” or physical location for interaction, where can value be found in these events and how do we show the benefits to our sponsoring organizations. To discuss this, we brought together a few folks who have experienced virtual events from different points of view.

  • After Pulse: Everything in Moderation

    June 25th, 2021  |  17 mins 54 secs

    Jason, PJ, Wesley, and SJ sit down to discuss what they learned from our guest on moderation and some of the pitfalls they've experienced in being a part of moderated communities.

  • Everything in Moderation (Ep 60)

    June 4th, 2021  |  35 mins 29 secs

    One of the most difficult parts of managing a community is ensuring everyone adheres to a universally acceptable system of behavior. With events, there is generally a Code of Conduct that makes it clear what behaviors are acceptable, what behaviors aren’t, and the consequences of operating outside of the rules. Sometimes it falls on an individual or a team to handle this in the online world. Today, we’ll be talking about moderation with a guest who knows exactly how it works.

  • DevRel Around the World (Ep 59)

    May 28th, 2021  |  29 mins 6 secs

    It’s easy to say that Developer Relations and Community Management is not universal, but sometimes, we focus so much on what is being done in our part of the world that we can forget how things might be different in different places. In this episode, we decided to try something a little different. We reached out to folks around the world to tell their stories, to let us know what makes their experiences unique. We wanted to get a sense of what unites us in DevRel and what small or large tweaks need to made to adjust for geography and culture.

  • Online Community Platforms (Ep 58)

    April 16th, 2021  |  44 mins 48 secs

    Creating a place for your specific community to gather online is a challenge every Developer Relations or Community team is likely going to address at some point, whether it’s because your executive team is asking you to create this space or you see a need for it. In this episode of Community Pulse, we talk to two specialists in the community industry about what to keep in mind when evaluating how to create a place for your community to gather online.

  • After Pulse: DevRel Content Channels

    March 31st, 2021  |  15 mins 42 secs

    The hosts sit down to discuss what we've learned from our guests on pushing limits, finding new ways to deliver content, and how the community can benefit from the larger amount of information flowing through the DevRel ecosystem now, and moving forward.

  • DevRel Content Channels: What's hip. What's cool. What's, like, so out. (Ep 57)

    March 19th, 2021  |  34 mins 35 secs

    Developer Relations professionals are known for creating a lot of content and the platforms that are available to us seem to grow by the day. For this episode of Community Pulse, we’re diving into what platforms exist today and what types of content works best for each channel. We’re joined by two guests: Cassidy Williams and Joe Karlsson, who are known throughout the tech industry for their humorous tech-centric content. We’ll talk about how to know which channels and types of content are most effective in reaching our specific audience, and how to measure our success.

  • After Pulse: Hiring and Recruiting in the Modern Era

    March 1st, 2021  |  16 mins 18 secs

    SJ, Jason, Wesley, and PJ sit down to discuss the most recent episode.

  • Hiring and Recruiting in the Modern Era (Ep 56)

    February 26th, 2021  |  44 mins 3 secs

    As the number of engineering and developer jobs continues to grow and the skillsets diversify, DevRel has seen a wave of people being let go, followed by a sudden growth in hiring across the tech industry. Taking a look at these trends over the last year or so, we decided we would go to the experts to explain how hiring looks from the recruitment side, what people can do to improve their hiring experience, and what’s different in today’s DevRel hiring landscape. Our hosts sit down with Jill Wohlner of Underpin and Will Staney of Proactive Talent to see where things stand, and what to expect moving forward.

  • After Pulse: Internal vs External DevRel

    January 25th, 2021  |  12 mins 54 secs

    Wesley and PJ spend some time after the show to continue chatting about similarities and differences of internal and external developer relations.

  • Internal vs. External DevRel (Ep 55)

    January 15th, 2021  |  41 mins 39 secs

    While DevRel holds some universal truths, there is at times a difference between how we handle our external communities as opposed to our internal communities. While we are still bringing people together, some of the approaches and interested parties may change. How do we foster communities and communicate feedback within an organization? Is it so different from “traditional” DevRel?

  • 2020 Wrap Up (Ep 54)

    December 14th, 2020  |  42 mins 40 secs

    It's been a long year in the world of DevRel! In this episode, our hosts take a look back at 2020, discuss the trends they noticed along a wave of change driven by outside forces, and give their predictions for 2021. Have a chat with Mary, Jason, SJ, Wesley, and PJ about everything community in 2020!

  • After Pulse: Budget Rules Everything Around Me

    November 13th, 2020  |  9 mins 8 secs

    Host SJ, Wesley, and Mary discuss the big budget episode and share some anecdotes on things that have been successful and others that were a bit of a trip up.

  • Budget Rules Everything Around Me (Ep 53)

    November 12th, 2020  |  40 mins 34 secs

    As we’ve mentioned in previous episodes, budget concerns are an ever changing part of working in DevRel. Now more than ever, DevRel teams are expanding their functions and responsibilities while stretching the idea of how we do the things we do. In this episode, we sit down with Bear Douglas of Slack to talk budgets, what budget allocations mean to a DevRel and how do you calculate what you need vs what you want?