As an individual contributor, manager and general DevRel presence over the years, I’ve developed some tactics both for myself and my team, and I’d like to share them in case they’re useful to others. Also since I’m moving to a less DevRel role, writing this down while I can still think about it! Continue reading
Tag Archives: opinion
Digital Developer Relations: Past and Future
Are you Creating, Curating or Consuming?
Creating content is all about putting your own creations out for others to share. I’ve had this blog longer than I care to discuss and certainly since before microblogging was really a thing. It’s much lower investment to throw out a quick tweet about something and in lots of cases it’s a more appropriate medium Continue reading
How NOT to Review a Pull Request
Support for Speakers
Advice for conf speakers:— Tomasz Łakomy (@tlakomy) August 25, 2018
When someone you care for is speaking, sit in the first row. Be there for them. Laugh at their jokes, _actually_ watch the talk (Twitter can wait), make yourself visible for them.
Be the audience you'd like to have, and next time you will have it.
My approach to supporting other speakers is not really about the audience I would like (we’re all different!), but more about making two things happen:
- someone being the best they can be
- them getting credit for that
In fact I’ve been a speaker coach and mentor for a few years and have variously watched rehearsals, suggested where to stand and not stand, walked nervous speakers around outside before their talk, fetched water … all sorts of things. However this twitter thread (I got a bunch of tweets and the replies are also great) shows that _anyone_ can give great support to any speaker, whether you know them or not. Here are my favourite three things to do to support anyone giving a talk. Continue reading
Documentation First: A Recipe for API Success
Simple One-to-one Meetings
- What’s going well/what are you excited about?
- What’s tedious/annoying or actually a problem?
- What could I be doing that I’m not?
Ada Lovelace Day: The Allies
Ada Lovelace Day: The Women Who Share My Journey
While being a woman in tech can be isolating, the women I meet along this journey make the experience what it is. I have fabulous male friends and mentors also, but today I’m focussing on the women around me. They are the modern-day equivalent of the cousins that you grow up with, share stories with, laugh and cry with. They have shared the personal and the professional, the joy and the fear. Today seems like a good time to call out some of the women that I’m so glad to have around me. Continue reading