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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  • After Pulse: Under the Influencers

    May 14th, 2019  |  18 mins 18 secs

    Mary and PJ recap the conversation they had with Marshall Kirkpatrick and Rachel Happe in Episode 35and continue to chat about the difference between popularity and influence. As DevRel professionals continue to gain influence in various fields, it's important that we have conversations around the expectations for those influencers: Should they be held to a higher standard? Is it fair to do so? We also talk about how to elevate other folks who may be new to the industry or have a smaller platform but have good insights to share.

  • Under the Influencers (Ep 35)

    May 7th, 2019  |  46 mins 10 secs

    Part of building and participating in a community is the influence we have on others. With the advent of social media and more personal interactions, people have risen to levels heretofore unexpected. Influencers help to sway the activities of a community and stars arise that influence at the highest level.

    Rachel Happe (Co-founder of The Community Roundtable) and Marshall Kirkpatrick (Vice President, Influencer Relations, Analyst Relations, and Competitive Intelligence at Sprinklr) join Mary & PJ to talk about the difference between influence and popularity, and what it means to be an influencer.

  • After Pulse: Technical? Or Tech-Savvy?

    April 18th, 2019  |  23 mins 33 secs

    Mary, Jason, and PJ chat about what "technical" means in the DevRel industry and how job titles shape our roles after recording Episode 34. As the Developer Relations industry grows up, this is a question we'll be facing more and more often as we struggle to define who is qualified to build relationships with a technical audience.

  • Technical? Or Tech-Savvy? - what's actually required to be a developer relations professional? (Ep 34)

    March 26th, 2019  |  46 mins 57 secs

    As Developer Relations becomes more mainstream, the understanding of what makes someone qualified to be a Developer Relations professional is getting cloudy. Do you have to have a technical background? And if so, does that mean that you’ve held a “Software Engineer” title? Or simply that you’ve taken the time to understand the technical pieces of your product? Jason, Mary, and PJ are joined by Karissa Peth, Sr. Developer Relations Program Manager at Microsoft, and Matty Stratton, DevOps Advocate at PagerDuty, as they dig into the nuances of the various Developer Relations career paths.

  • After Pulse: Lessons Learned From Organizing Tech Events

    March 12th, 2019  |  14 mins 52 secs

    Jason, Mary, and PJ sync up after Episode 33 to discuss event management, creating new events, and where event organization fits into community management as a whole.

  • Lessons Learned while Organizing Tech Events (Ep 33)

    March 12th, 2019  |  47 mins 2 secs

    In this episode, our hosts are joined by Aaron Aldrich and Quintessence Anx, both of whom are Developer Advocates who also have experience organizing community events. Together, they discuss the challenges, lessons learned, and tips for organizing events for a technical audience

  • After Pulse: Big Company, Little Company

    February 4th, 2019  |  19 mins 17 secs

    Jason & PJ sync up after our latest episode to chat about their personal experiences with DevRel at big companies versus smaller companies. From delays due to colleagues based around the world to the simple pleasure of a large team to kick ideas around with, as always there are pros and cons to every scenario.

  • Big Company, Little Company - the differences in DevRel at large & small companies (Ep 32)

    January 23rd, 2019  |  49 mins 5 secs

    In this episode, our hosts discuss the similarities and differences of working in developer relations and advocacy in large organizations compared to small ones (or startups). Joining us in the conversation is Nathen Harvey of Google, Maureen McElaney from IBM, and Matt Asay from Adobe.

  • 2018 Wrap-Up (Ep 31)

    December 19th, 2018  |  39 mins 9 secs

    Mary, PJ, and Jason gather to chat about 2018: the rewards as well as the struggles. Per usual, there are tangents galore from the hosts you've come to love along with observations about how DevRel has come and what we might see in the future.

  • Twitter: Friend or Foe (Ep 30)

    November 30th, 2018  |  48 mins 17 secs

    Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn...these are all major parts of what we use everyday to stay in touch with the communities we are involved in, personally and professionally. What happens though when those lines blur? When something you say from your personal life gets picked up by people involved in your professional life? Is it all worthwhile? Jason and PJ sit down with Emily Freeman and Harper Reed to discuss the pros, the cons, and few side tracks along the way.

  • After Pulse: Codes of Conduct

    November 15th, 2018  |  36 mins 38 secs

    Mary and PJ join Jason to sync up on the recent episode that he hosted about Codes of Conduct. We cover a lot of ground: from the purpose that Codes of Conduct serve, to the fact that we agree to these standards in day-to-day life without realizing it, to the recent news stories about CoCs.

  • Codes of Conduct (Ep 29)

    October 23rd, 2018  |  45 mins 27 secs

    Jason flies solo on a great discussion of Codes of Conduct for events. We've brought in Carina C. Zona (CallBackWomen), Justin Reese (Code & Supply), and Tessa Mero (Cisco) to talk what works, what doesn't, and what happens when the CoC isn't followed.

  • Relationships IRL (Ep 28)

    October 5th, 2018  |  36 mins 55 secs

    Mary opens up to PJ and Jason about struggles to create an in-person personal community when we're so often on the road. Even we extroverts need some downtime from the tech community and a chance to connect with friends, but how do we go about creating deep friendships when we aren't home to invest in them?

  • After Pulse: Content is Key

    August 24th, 2018  |  16 mins 27 secs

    Mary, Jason, and PJ get together after the episode to talk content, Mary's upcoming book, and some of the hurdles they've seen to getting content out there.

  • Content is Key! - technical writing for the unprepared (Ep 27)

    August 21st, 2018  |  39 mins 51 secs

    One important part of the Dev Advocate lifestyle is content creation, which can range from penning the perfect tweet to blog posts to docs and tutorials. Content matters when it comes to interacting with the Community. In this episode, we talk with Lorna Jane Mitchell about content creation and the process of working with folks who are not content creators to make the best of your project or community’s written record.

  • Funemployment & Downtime (Ep 26)

    August 3rd, 2018  |  38 mins 51 secs

    What happens when you step out of the office and take a break for a while? Whether vacation or funemployment, downtime is important. But how do we do this while continuing to be part of our communities? Jason & PJ chat about these topics & more.