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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  • 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?

  • After Pulse: Events in the Pandemic - Community Pulse Live!

    October 13th, 2020  |  12 mins 45 secs

    All five hosts jump in to add some notes and references from our awesome live episode. See what Mary, Jason, PJ, SJ, and Wesley have to say!

  • Events in the Pandemic - Community Pulse Live! (Ep 52)

    October 13th, 2020  |  55 mins 6 secs

    We’re almost 8 months into a global pandemic. The last time we gathered to discuss COVID-19, we were mere weeks in and scrambling to figure out how to adjust. Given how much has changed since then, it was time for another Community Pulse LIVE! Our questions include “What have we learned?” “How the pandemic has changed our perception of attending in-person conferences?” and “How does this uncertainty impact our budgets for the years to come?”. Guests Rahmona Henry (HubSpot Developer Advocate) and Floor Drees (Microsoft DevRel Program Manager) join us to discuss how they’re approaching their 2021 event strategy.

  • After Pulse: DevRel at the Foundation

    September 25th, 2020  |  17 mins 57 secs

    After chatting with our guests, Wesley, SJ, and Mary are joined by PJ to talk about early stage DevRel and their views on experiences in the startup world.

  • DevRel at the Foundation (Ep 51)

    September 17th, 2020  |  48 mins

    As companies are starting to realize that Developer Relations can be a competitive advantage, we’ve been noticing more and more job descriptions for Developer Advocates or DevRel Professionals who are the first non-engineering hire at early-stage startups. But when you’re an early hire working alongside the founder and a few engineers, what does your role look like? How is it different from joining a company as employee #30, 120, or even 1432? Mary, SJ, and Wesley chat with David G Simmons, Taylor Barnett, and Aydrian Howard to talk about being DevRel number one.

  • After Pulse: Metrics, KPIs, and OKRs - Oh My!

    August 31st, 2020  |  21 mins 52 secs

    Your hosts gather together to discuss tactics, goals, and to break down everything discussed in Episode 50 with Patrick Collins and Donovan Brown!

  • Metrics, KPIs, and OKRs - Oh My! (Ep 50)

    August 13th, 2020  |  53 mins 21 secs

    In this episode we want to discuss the topic of OKRs (or Objectives and Key Results). What are OKRs, and why are they beneficial to an organization? How do they differ from Key Performance Metrics (KPIs)? What even is a North Star? To help us better understand we have invited our guests Donovan Brown and Patrick Collins.

  • Advocating for DevRel as a DevRel Professional (Ep 49)

    July 7th, 2020  |  37 mins 46 secs

    Developer Relations needs to be put into perspective for people outside the team or community. When your Developer Relations department comes under fire, how do we switch from advocating for our community to advocating for ourselves? When DevRel is new, how do you build on activities to show the importance of having a dedicated team working with the communities your organization is involved with? SJ and PJ sit down with Elizabeth Ruscitto and Jaime Lopez to discuss the ins and outs of explaining DevRel to folks on the outside.

  • A Talk about Racism, Privilege, and DevRel: Community Pulse Live - Summer Edition (Ep 48)

    June 17th, 2020  |  1 hr 1 min

    These past few weeks have brought us to what we hope will be an inflection point with regard to systemic racism in the United States. We’re now asking the question: How can we work as a community in DevRel to ensure we not only address this critical moment, but actively work toward eradicating systemic racism in our industry?

  • After Pulse: Online Community Management

    May 25th, 2020  |  18 mins 49 secs

    SJ, Jason, and PJ sit down to discuss their recent conversation with Marjorie and Wesley. What started as a simple conversation about online communities turned into an opportunity to learn from experts at a time when our entire industry seems to have been turned on its head. They then pivot into what makes something ephemeral versus what sticks with you and has a lasting impact on your career as well as those around you.

  • Online Community Management: how DevRel is going virtual due to COVID-19 (Ep 47)

    May 11th, 2020  |  45 mins 50 secs

    Connecting with our communities online is more important than ever right now. However, this isn’t something ALL DevRel teams are accustomed to. In some cases, much of the online efforts have been relegated to “community management” or support. Marjorie Anderson and Wesley Faulkner join us to talk about online communities, sharing tips, tricks, and best practices from their combined 20 years of experience.