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Approaching Developer Relations in an Open Source Community

Approaching Developer Relations in an Open Source Community

Developer Relations is a very new concept in the industry today, a lot of B2D companies are beginning to pay serious attention to it, and this way their community of users are happy and effective.

I believe that this should be the same in open source communities because Developers and Designers are at the heart of every open source community.

In this talk, I'll list out why open source communities should care about Developer Relations, methods & strategies that can be used to approach developer relations in open source, and lastly, how to build an effective developer relations program in an open-source community.

shedrack akintayo

October 19, 2021

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  2. This entire talk is based off my article on how

    we approached developer relations at the Cloud Foundry Foundation(an open source community) during my time there, Link: https://medium.com/cloud-foundry-foundation/approachi ng-developer-relations-in-an-open-source-foundation-77b1c66 0 bf95
  3. “Developer Relations isn’t just for corporate companies, Developer Relations is

    for every community of developers.” Shedrack Akintayo.
  4. It’s a group of Developer Advocates, Technical Community Managers, Technical

    Ambassadors, Documentation Writers, Trainers, and more who all exist to empower you(developers) to do your best work. - Mary Thengvall What is Developer Relations?
  5. It is basically caring about developers, educating, growing and collecting

    feedback from the community. Developer Relations can come in any form like community management, documentation writing etc. What is Developer Relations to OSS communities?
  6. Why should OSS communities care about Developer Relations? + Developers

    are at the core of every OSS community. + Creates a sense of empathy towards Developers. + It empowers developers to be able to utilize the software properly. + It enables collaboration internally and between other communities. + Developers will feel like their voices are heard. + It creates a healthier community
  7. How do we pay more attention to Developer Relations as

    an OSS community? + Listen to the community + As an OSS community, you need to understand what you are trying to achieve. + Learn from other OSS communities getting developer relations right (VueJS, ReactJS, Gatsby, Drupal). + Develop a strategy + Don’t be ashamed to fail + Keep experimenting till you get it right.
  8. How do we pay more attention to Developer Relations as

    an OSS community? + Understand the demographic of your community. + Provide feedback avenues for folks in your community. + Make your community inclusive and accessible. + Community Reward Programs. + Great Documentation for the technology. + Collaboration with other communities. + More tutorials and use cases. + Organize talks and webinars.
  9. Do not be big on so much success and numbers,

    Instead just make sure to provide care for new and existing community members through the educational content and the overall developer experience.