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: 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.

  • After Pulse: Team Dynamics

    June 30th, 2018  |  17 mins 34 secs

    PJ, Jason, and Mary sync up after the podcast recording with J. Paul Reed and Greg Bulmash (Episode 25: Team Dynamics) to recap the episode and share a few more thoughts.

  • Team Dynamics - your team, other teams, and the company 'team' (Ep 25)

    June 14th, 2018  |  45 mins 33 secs

    PJ, Jason, and Mary sit down with J. Paul Reed (@jpreed) and Greg Bulmash (@yiddishninja) to chat about team dynamics, working between departments, and setting boundaries for your DevRel team.

  • After Pulse: Imposter Syndrome

    June 7th, 2018  |  7 mins 7 secs

    PJ, Jason, and Mary sync up after the podcast recording with Kelsey Hightower (Episode 24: Imposter Syndrome) to recap the episode and share a few more thoughts.

  • Imposter Syndrome (Ep 24)

    May 28th, 2018  |  50 mins 15 secs

    PJ, Jason, and Mary joined up with Kelsey Hightower from Google Cloud Platform to chat about imposter syndrome: - What is imposter syndrome? - Is it a "thing"? - How can we overcome imposter syndrome in ourselves? - How can we prevent imposter syndrome in others?

  • How to Submit the Best CFP of your Life (and what to do when it gets accepted) (Ep 23)

    April 14th, 2018  |  45 mins 40 secs

    Conference season is fast approaching, but we all know that the true preparation starts months ahead when all of the CFPs open. In this episode of Community Pulse, Mary, PJ, and Jason sit down with VM (Vicky) Brasseur to chat about how to craft the best CFPs, navigating the land of limbo before you find out whether your talk has been accepted, and how to prepare the best talk once you've gotten your acceptance notice.

  • Hiring a DevRel Team (Ep 22)

    March 10th, 2018  |  41 mins 24 secs

    The Who, How, What, and When

  • Breaking into DevRel (Ep 21)

    February 9th, 2018  |  41 mins 53 secs

    What is Developer Relations, Anyway?

  • Meetups (Ep 20)

    January 22nd, 2018  |  27 mins 47 secs

    What makes them great, should a company host a meetup, and more.

  • 2017 In Review (Ep 19)

    December 14th, 2017  |  55 mins 49 secs

    Jason, Mary, and PJ do an end of year wrap-up on the highs, lows, and day-to-day of 2017. We talk about the tough parts of being in DevRel, the importance of diversity, and other topics we've seen this year.

  • Justin Reese at Uptime Conf (Ep 18)

    August 29th, 2017  |  26 mins 18 secs

    Episode 18 finds Jason and PJ in Pittsburgh at Uptime Conf! We took the opportunity to sit down with Community Organizer and Pittsburgh Advocate, Justin Reese.