Happy DevRel Weekly day, everyone! I hope you've had a great week. I'm gearing up for the end of Daylight Savings Time this weekend and very much looking forward to that extra hour of sleep. 😆
This week brings you a slew of new videos (sidenote: are videos the new path forward for DevRel teams?) along with reports on how teams scaled and succeeded during COVID, as well as tips and tricks for reducing friction and improving the developer experience for your product.
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DevRel is About Groups of Individuals
DevRel isn’t [only] about individuals. It’s about groups of individuals.
The key is learning to communicate often highly technical concepts to as broad an audience as possible. Success is found when enough of the group “gets it”.
How to Use a Community Flywheel
In this thread, Rosie Sherry dives into what she's been learning about community flywheels.
Fast Forward: How COVID Accelerated our Developer Advocacy into the Future
While some Developer Relations teams struggled with the move to online communities only during the pandemic, others found it to be a huge advantage. John Rae-Grant talks about how his team learned, adjusted, and scaled their work as a result in this recent blogpost.
The Developer Advocate's Guide to Addressing Product Friction
Curious how teams improve the developer experience for their product? Kurt Kemple breaks down a recent audit that was done on their developer experience and what their team learned as a result.
Looking For a Developer Evangelist? Start With Your Sales Engineering Team
If you're having trouble hiring on your developer relations team, Rob Zazueta makes the case that this person might be working for you already! As Rob says, while the goals for the roles are traditionally different, the skills crossover is surprisingly deep.
Constellation Report: State of Community Tools 2021
A few months back, the folks over at Orbit put out a survey about community tooling. This week, they released the results in a beautiful "Constellation Report" which charts the current state of community tools.
Whether you're looking for new tooling, reconsidering your current options, or starting with a clean tooling slate, you'll want to take a look at this report! Also, I'm curious to hear what tools aren't included here that you're using? I have a few in mind and I'd love to hear if you agree.
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DevRel Podcasts and Videos
- My Squiggly Tech Journey: from Community to Sciences to Engineering to DevRel from Pauline Narvas (video)
- Hiring for DevRel, OSPO, and Community Roles in the open source space from Matt Yonkovit (video)
- Getting Executive Buy-in with Holly Firestone, Jeff Hudson, and Beth McIntyre (video)
- Don't Let Your Title be an After-thought with Jono Bacon (video)
- Be Upfront When Building a Community with James Sinclair (video)
- Mapping Developer Experience with Silas Sao (video)
- Chronicles of Community Builders with Jenny Weigle (video)
Q&A with Mary Thengvall | Nov 18 @10am PST
The Uncommon Book Club will be featuring Mary Thengvall to discuss her book, The Business Value of Developer Relations. We'll focus conversation topics around a few themes from the book, including the value of a developer community and how to build, manage, and grow one.
We’ll also be asking her some questions submitted by the audience (that’s you!), which you can include when you register. Plus, if you’re one of the first 100 people to register, we’ll send you a free Kindle version of the book!
DevRelCon 2021 | November 8-10
Join us for three days of developer relations learning and sharing at DevRelCon 2021. Day 1 you'll learn what you need to do to get your start in DevRel, with workshops, talks, and AMA sessions. Day 2 is all about managing your DevRel relationships, whether that's a team, other departments, or your managers. Day 3 we'll cover honing the craft of DevRel.
DevRelCon is free to attend, fully online, and has sessions covering APAC, EMEA, and Americas time zones.
It's been a busy season already but there's still more! Come and see what's coming up next!
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