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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  • Grab the Mic! Tips to get started in DevRel speaking

    March 17th, 2022  |  48 mins 1 sec
    community management, developer experience, developer relations, devrel

    A big part of traditional DevRel has always been speaking in front of an audience. Whether at a virtual meetup or live at a large conference, it can be complicated to navigate coming up with an idea, building a talk, getting it accepted somewhere, and actually delivering the thing. We wanted to take a look at some of the tips, tricks, and things you need to know to be successful in finding your way to becoming a great DevRel speaker!

  • After Pulse: Your Content, Their Brand

    March 3rd, 2022  |  19 mins 46 secs
    community management, developer experience, developer relations, devrel

    PJ, Wesley, and SJ sit down to discuss what they learned from our guests on content creation and ownership, as well as setting expectations for this with the brands we work with.

  • Your Content, Their Brand (Ep 66)

    February 24th, 2022  |  35 mins 8 secs
    community management, developer experience, developer relations, devrel

    When we create content, the ideas and concepts typically come from ourselves or our community members. But when we work for a larger organization, things get complicated. Some of us create content as a part of our day-to-day role; some of us create content outside of work hours. Now that we as DevRel professionals produce even more online content to connect with our community, there’s some ambiguity about the ownership of this content.

  • DevRelCon Advice (Ep 75)

    January 26th, 2022  |  8 mins 56 secs
    community management, developer experience, developer relations, devrel
  • DevRel: What's Your Story? - Community Pulse Live! (Ep 65)

    January 21st, 2022  |  48 mins 18 secs
    community management, developer experience, developer relations, devrel

    The journey to DevRel is a winding one. We all have our own stories about how we wound up where we are — from intentional plans to happy accidents, as hosts of this podcast we’ve heard them all. One thing’s for sure, y’all’s stories are interesting, so we wanted to get together and talk about our journeys — what we have in common, funny anecdotes along the way, and what we can do to uplift the next generation of folks wanting to get started on this wild ride.

  • End of Year Wrap-up - 2021 (Ep 64)

    December 13th, 2021  |  41 mins 13 secs
    community management, developer experience, developer relations, devrel

    All five hosts meet and discuss the year in review.

  • 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.