Understanding the function of your community is the first step in effectively proving the impact (and value) of your community. Without this foundational knowledge, you won't be able to accurately represent the value to your stakeholders. This article from Community by Association gives a few examples of possible business objectives that the community can impact in order to get you thinking about the various options.
Chase Barker recently documented a few observations from his personal experiences starting a developer advocacy program at Kin. From building good relationships from the start to expanding their reach by finding developers who were particularly engaged, this is a great read for those who are new to the industry.
Most of you know that I love analogies that help us understand deeper concepts, and Amara Graham knocked it out of the park with this one. She walks through the importance of following recipes while cooking in order to make it a better overall experience and then quickly pivots to explain how good recipes follow the same format as good documentation.
I found another cooking analogy in an older article this week. Jason Lengstorf equated his cooking skills (with the right tooling, of course) to developer experience:
Like in cooking, if our development tools are well-suited to the task at hand, we can do excellent work without worrying about the underlying details.
These two articles will be great reading material as you enjoy your next home-cooked meal.
As July wraps up, hopefully you've taken the time to relax a bit during these slower months. If you haven't, Adrian Speyer's recent blogpost will hopefully give you some tips on how to do so soon. If you need a little more convincing, this article from Dan Leonard reiterates why it's so important.
I fully support Rich Millington’s suggestion to come up with multiple possible approaches to solving a problem. Being able to pull various “levers,” knowing that at any moment you could decide that one isn’t working as well as you’d hoped and pivot to the next is a freeing experience that allows you to serve your community’s needs rather than feeling locked into a single metric.
Do you ever wish you had a list of questions to ask conference organizers before you agree to speak? Or perhaps a way to check all of your requirements off the list before filling out a CFP? Josh Simmons has taken the time to write up a sample speaker rider which takes into account setup, accessibility, representation, safety, and more.