What's After DevRel? Job Fluidity, Career Paths, and New Roles

Posted on Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019
We can’t all spend the next 10-20 years on the road. So what’s next after DevRel? What does our career path look like? In this episode, we’ll talk to Matt Broberg, Shannon Burns, and Lauren Cooney, who have all segued out of Developer Relations and taken their experience into a new, exciting role. We’ll discuss how and why they did it and how their transitions have gone.

Show Notes

Check Outs

PJ Hagerty
Mary Thengvall
Jason Hand
SJ Morris
Shannon Burns
  • William Larson’s An Elegant Puzzle - a really interesting and useful book on the intricacies of engineering culture, organization and leadership challenges.
  • The Heavyweight Podcast. It’s just nice to have something heartwarming to listen to instead of getting depressed by the news ;)
Lauren Cooney
Matt Broberg

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Guests

Matthew Broberg

Matthew Broberg

Matt is VP of Community for Sensu Inc focused on the incredible community around Sensu, the open source monitoring framework. He contributes to infrastructure communities with a focus on open collaboration, especially through GitHub. Matt has spoken at many conference (OSCON, VMworld, Velocity), on podcasts (Cloudcast, Speaking in Tech, The Hot Aisle) and co-created the Geek Whisperers podcast. Matt is on the board of the Influence Marketing Council, co-maintains the Evangelist Collective, contributes to the Go Community Outreach Working Group, occasionally blogs on Medium.com and shares code on GitHub. He’s also a fan of tattoos, rock climbing and cats, though remains unsure of Schrödinger’s.

Shannon Burns

Shannon Burns

Shannon Burns is an engineering manager working on internal developer tools at Slack. She loves that she gets to spend her days nerding out on improving the working lives of her coworkers. Before building internal tools, Shannon was a Developer Advocate and speaker, working at Slack and Nginx. In her efforts to fight the gender inequity in tech, she founded Hacking for Women, the first forward-funded scholarship program for women in coding. She’s also an artist, singer, and mentor to aspiring engineers from atypical backgrounds in the Bay Area.

Lauren Cooney

Lauren Cooney

Lauren Cooney has twenty years of experience creating, building and leading high-growth teams, businesses, platforms and developer communities for multiple Fortune 500 companies including BEA Systems (now Oracle), IBM, Microsoft, Juniper, and Cisco Systems, where she has led product management, Open Source, product marketing, developer strategy, and new business model creation. Her work has netted companies over $1B in revenue, hundreds of new clients and over a million developers.

Lauren recently founded Spark Labs. Spark Labs educates and empowers up and coming leaders and top organizations to innovate with intention and inclusivity for the greater good, creating diverse and authentic programs and communities to help all women accelerate their careers in technology and business. Utilizing twenty years of expertise in executive roles and leading teams for Fortune 500 companies, Spark Labs’ goal is to improve diversity and keep women in the “pipeline” while accelerating their path to the C-Suite. Spark Labs offers executive coaching, leadership training, retention and inclusivity programs and a robust community for women looking to accelerate their career beyond the traditional corporate models and offerings.

The Huffington Post, CIO Magazine, Business Insider and Light Reading have all recognized Cooney as a top leader in software, open source, developer relations, women in technology and cloud computing industries. In 2019 Cooney was also appointed to the Forbes Business Council.

Hosts

Mary Thengvall

Mary Thengvall

Mary Thengvall is a connector of people at heart, both personally and professionally. She loves digging into the strategy of how to build and foster communities, and has been working with various developer communities for over 10 years. After several years of building community programs at O’Reilly Media, Chef Software, and SparkPost, she’s now consulting for companies looking to build out a Developer Relations strategy. She’s also the author of the first book on Developer Relations: The Business Value of Developer Relations (© 2018, Apress)

PJ Hagerty

PJ Hagerty

PJ is the founder of DevRelate.io and a board member of Open Sourcing Mental Illness. He is an organizer of DevOps Days Buffalo, CodeDaze, and ElixirDaze. PJ is a developer, writer, speaker, musician, and Community Advocate. He is known to travel the world speaking about programming and the way people think and interact. He is also known for wearing hats.

Jason Hand

Jason Hand

Senior Cloud Ops Advocate at Microsoft. Jason Hand writes, presents, and coaches on the principles and nuance of DevOps, Site Reliability Engineering, and modern incident management practices. Named “DevOps Evangelist of the Year” by DevOps.com in 2016, Jason recently authored a new book on the topic of Site Reliability Engineering. In addition to SRE, Jason has authored books with O’Reilly Media on the subject of post-incident reviews and Chatops. DevOpsDays Rockies organizer and host of the Front-range Site Reliability Meetup, Jason is dedicated to the latest trends in technology, sharing the lessons learned, and helping people continuously improve their IT and software development practices.

Sarah-Jane Morris

Sarah-Jane Morris

For the past 15 years, Sarah-Jane Morris has been growing and nurturing developer communities at various stages of growth; at startups like Context IO and Keen IO, at high growth companies like Shopify, and at corporations like Intel. SJ’s audacious vision to make every developer community diverse, welcoming and sustainable inspired her to launch Listen Community Consulting in 2019. Alongside Listen, she joined HubSpot’s Developer Relations team as a Senior Program Manager in November 2019.


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