Hey everybody! I hope you had a good week. It was a hectic one for me! Something about the end of Q3, finalizing Q4 planning, 2021 budgets, putting the finishing touches on our company conference, and interviewing folks for my growing team kept me more than a little busy! 😬
As I'm working on goals for Q4 (personal as well as professional), I'm interested in hearing what DevRel resources you're looking for. Where do you see gaps in the current landscape of DevRel and community content? I'd love to hear!
Best of luck with your own plans and goals as we head into the final quarter of this chaotic year.
Til next week,
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p.s. If you haven't taken the DevRel Salary Survey yet, please do so! We're collecting data this quarter so that we can start processing it next quarter. The more information we can gather, the better chance we have at helping you (and your hiring manager) understand the proper salary ranges for DevRel professionals around the world.
Communities Cause Transformation
Especially internally - communities are almost untapped and yet they are the vehicle by which organizations will transform the way they work, their cultural agility, and their mindsets.
Click through to see the visualization produced by the 2020 Community Roundtable report.
DevRel is an Investment
Creating a thriving Developer Community requires effort, planning, great product/API/Docs, and lots of maintenance.
It is not a side project for someone in your company, it is usually a full time job for a team.
It Can be Difficult, but it's Rewarding
To people trying to break into careers in community:
- It’s going to be hard
- It’s not as defined as other industries
- You’ll constantly have to prove yourself
- Career path is an open question
- It can be very rewarding
- The opportunity is large
- Now is the time
The Impact of COVID-19 on Online Community Programs
Curious how COVID has impacted online community programs? The Community Roundtable released the results from their survey this week, showing an almost equal split between programs that are thriving and others that are stalling out.
Looking for other resources on how community and DevRel teams are coping right now? Don't forget to check the collection of resources I've continued to maintain over the last few months.
Want to talk more about how your plans have changed in light of everything that's happening right now? Join the Community Pulse hosts on October 5th for a special live episode.
Community Managers: What they do and why you need one
I'll be honest - more often than not, blogposts like this one don't do a good job of accurately describing the role (and importance) of a Community Manager. But props to the team at Hivebrite for nailing the description for an individual who grows and nurtures an online community! Need a good description of what a Community Manager looks like? Check out this post.
DevRel Career Controversy
This week brought some controversy about DevRel roles, characteristics, and training on Twitter. While I don't agree with everything that was said, there were definitely some interesting conclusions drawn and perspectives to be taken into account! If you care to join in the conversation (as a passive observer or a respectful and active participant), I've listed the various threads below. Interested in having a deeper conversation? Let me know what you think!
What is community-based marketing (CBM)?
This first in a series of 3 blogposts talks about the concept of community-based marketing - an idea that we're all likely familiar with, even if we haven't heard the term before. If you have a few extra minutes this week, be sure to check out this series, which walks through the impact of COVID and how it's changed many company's perception of communities, as well as where community-based marketing fits in the traditional marketing funnel, and more.
DevRel Podcasts and Videos
- After Pulse: DevRel at the Foundation with Wesley Faulkner, Mary Thengvall, and SJ Morris - Community Pulse
- Guillermo Ruiz, Principal Product Manager - Cloud Infrastructure at Oracle - Developer Advocate Stories (video)
- How to Create an Amazing Culture with Jono Bacon (video)
- Uncommunity with Shreyas Narayan Kutty (video)
- Dotan Horovits, Product Evangelist at Logz.io - Developer Advocate Stories (video)
- Sam Julien sheds light on Developer Advocacy roles - Tech Jr
- The Importance Of Developer Experience And Writing Maintainable Code with Krzysztof Zabłocki - iPhreaks
Developer Relations Events
Need a place to go to get your professional growth? Check out our Developer Relations Events Raindrop Collection! We hope you find that it's an excellent place to find conferences and events to go to for your personal growth.
Developer Relations Engineer
The Developer Relations Engineer is responsible for ensuring App partners, including SaaS companies and independent developers, build and publish innovative solutions using the ActiveCampaign platform. This individual will be the first DevRel Engineer in the organization. They will have an opportunity to build/mold what DevRel means at AC.
Sr. Developer Evangelist
As a Sr. Developer Evangelist at Split, you’ll represent the voice of Split to the developer communities you engage with, work internally to improve our developer experience and new user onboarding, create compelling content, deliver talks, participate in the open-source community, and be a key strategic advisor to our overall platform business. Our ideal candidate will have a great stage presence, a body of written work, an existing following on one or more social media platforms, an interest in both software development and DevOps, and deep engineering experience as a full stack developer. You’ll also be excited to partner with and enable engagement from our internal engineers. We currently have two open Sr. Developer Evangelist positions, Java and .NET
Head of Developer Relations
Chainlink is an open-sourced developer-focused blockchain technology. As such, DevRel is a highly visible and critical function. In the Head of Developer Relations role, you will lead the Devrel team to connect with, inspire, and educate developers about the power of blockchain smart contracts.
Developer Relations Jobs
Looking for a job? We see listings all the time, and we put what we see in our Developer Relations Jobs Raindrop Collection. Take a look and see if there's anything the piques your interest!