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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  • 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.

  • After Pulse: Developer Relations and Developer Marketing

    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.

  • COVID-19 Retrospective - Community Pulse LIVE!

    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.

  • After Pulse: The Ethical DevRel

    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.

  • The Ethical DevRel (Ep 45)

    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.

  • After Pulse: Finding the DevRel in You

    February 14th, 2020  |  17 mins 14 secs

    PJ and SJ expand on some of the topics addressed in Episode 44, including how our differences are part of what makes us uniquely capable to fulfill our Developer Relations responsibilities. They also touch on the pros and cons of creating a clear career path for the DevRel and Community industries and why it might not be necessary for you to move to San Francisco to succeed as a new DevRel professional (gasp!) as well as how our career paths are drastically different from those of our parents and grandparents.

  • Finding the DevRel In You: Common characteristics of developer relations professionals (Ep 44)

    January 28th, 2020  |  36 mins 23 secs

    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.

  • 2019 Closing Thoughts (Ep 43)

    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!

  • After Pulse: What's After DevRel?

    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.

  • What's After DevRel?: Job fluidity, career paths, and new roles (Ep 42)

    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.

  • After Pulse: Audience Segmentation

    October 28th, 2019  |  9 mins 22 secs

    Mary and PJ recap their conversation with SJ and Jesse, diving further into where personas fit into a DevRel strategy as well as how to acknowledge when the data you're finding doesn't reflect the ideas represented in your strategy.