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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  • 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.

  • Anil Dash: The Importance of Interaction (Ep 17)

    June 12th, 2017  |  1 hr 10 mins

    In this episode, Mary, Jason, and PJ sit down with the illustrious Anil Dash of Fog Creek Software to discuss interactions with people, why DevRel is so important yet misunderstood, and Anil's cool new project,

  • DevOpsDays and Beyond (Ep 16)

    April 20th, 2017  |  42 mins 41 secs

    After all 3 hosts being in the same physical place at the same time, Mary, Jason, and PJ come together to recap DevOpsDays, talk about different communities, and chat about all the things we're thinking.

  • Ignite'ing Your Community (Ep 15)

    March 20th, 2017  |  40 mins

    While none of our guests for this episode have "Community Manager" in their title, these folks know a lot about building local communities. Jason and Mary chat with some of the top people behind Ignite Talks ( about building...

  • Let's Start at the Very Beginning (Ep 14)

    February 13th, 2017  |  51 mins 34 secs

    How to Launch a Community

  • New Year, New Plan (Ep 13)

    January 13th, 2017  |  44 mins 17 secs

    Developer Relations Retrospectives

  • Same Job, New City (Ep 12)

    December 13th, 2016  |  54 mins 30 secs

    Travel Tips for Community Managers

  • Burnout - Part Two (Ep 11)

    December 7th, 2016  |  47 mins 2 secs

    Recognizing and Preventing Burnout

  • Burnout - Part One (Ep 10)

    November 21st, 2016  |  25 mins 43 secs

    What Is Burnout and Why Do We Suffer From It?

  • Balancing Your Public and Private Lives (Ep 9)

    October 31st, 2016  |  45 mins 40 secs

    In this Halloween-ish episode of Community Pulse, PJ and Mary talk to Coraline Ada Ehmke and Ed Finkler. We explore the the two sides of the same coin that are the life of technical advocates.

  • Introducing PJ (Ep 8)

    July 27th, 2016  |  25 mins 59 secs

    The one where we introduce , the new guy. Jason and Mary talk about why they’ve decided to add a third person, as well as their plan for the next few episodes and their hopes for the podcast going forward.