Learning to Say No Without Losing Relationships, Respect or Resolve

Posted by Mary Thengvall on Jul 16, 2019 8:00:00 AM

5 minute read

I’m a people pleaser, a helper, and a fixer. I always have been! When I was little, my dolls used to get upset with me when I played with one of them more than the others, so I made up a rotation schedule to ensure that I played with all of them equally. When my favorite teddy bear had to get a “bath” in the washing machine, I made my mom open the lid of the washer to prove to me that Stephy was simply swimming and hadn’t drowned in the water because I wanted to make sure she was okay. I was a very imaginative child with a big heart and a desire to help everyone around me.

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Topics: Developer Relations

What is DevRel?

Posted by Mary Thengvall on Jun 13, 2019 11:00:00 AM

6 minute read

“What actually is Developer Relations?” is a question that I see almost every week as I’m compiling tweets and articles for DevRel Weekly. The confusion doesn’t stem from the fact that it’s never been defined (narrator: “It has!”), but rather from the fact that if you ask 10 different people in the tech industry for a definition of Developer Relations, you’re likely to get 12 different answers.

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Topics: Community, Developer Relations

How to Encourage Developer Community Collaboration from Day One

Posted by Sarah-Jane Morris on May 28, 2019 8:00:00 AM

4 minute read

In this fourth and final post in our series about encouraging developer community collaboration, we’ll take a look at how some established and newer developer communities including Slack, Shopify, Atlassian and Stoplight fostered collaboration from the earliest stages of their developer community.

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Topics: Community, Developer Relations

How Dev Spaces Should Fit Into Your Developer Community Mix

Posted by Sarah-Jane Morris on May 16, 2019 11:00:00 AM

4 minute read

Managing your own developer community spaces is enough of a challenge, so how do some of the most successful platform companies approach developer magnets like Stack Overflow and Reddit, and how do they decide whether or not to join in or let developers collaborate on their own in these spaces?

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Topics: Community, Developer Relations

When to Join Developer Community Conversations and When to Lay Low

Posted by Sarah-Jane Morris on Apr 30, 2019 8:00:00 AM

5 minute read

In the last post in this series, we illustrated some of the beneficial outcomes of a collaborative developer community. But how, and when, as a devrel or representative of your company, should you step aside, join in, or stoke the community fire? Our friends at Slack, Shopify, Stoplight and Atlassian have some answers.

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Topics: Developer Relations

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