No Code Conf in 10 pictures

This week I attended No Code Conf in San Francisco. Here are some pictures from this great event.

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You can build value today without knowing how to code

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Make developers awesome

Last September I was in a meeting with Burr Sutter. Burr runs Global Developer Advocacy at Red Hat. We were talking about Developer Advocacy and I remember Burr saying something along these lines:

Our job is to make developers awesome

I right away thought about this image:

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Source: https://www.useronboard.com/features-vs-benefits/

I think the first time I saw this image was at Share Knowledge Not Features. The original graphic is from Features vs. Features.

I think it’s easy to focus on features but that’s not what Developer Advocacy is about (at least in most cases).

Developer Advocacy is about showing what developers can do with your product/service, what problems developers can solve and what solutions developers can build. I covered this topic earlier in this blog post: Share outcomes and results, not features.

Our job is to help, show and educate what rad things developers can build.

Developer Advocacy is how to make developers awesome 🙌

Update

When I shared this blog post with Burr, he told me he uses another phrase:

Our job is to give developers super powers

So here you go, two really great phrases to describe Developer Advocacy from Burr Sutter:

Our job is to make developers awesome
Our job is to give developers super powers

Kubernetes, Istio, Nexmo/Vonage and Red Hat OpenShift – watch October 2019 online meetup recordings

IBM Developer SF team hosts weekly online meetups on various topics. Online events are one of the best ways to scale your Developer Relations program and reach developers anywhere, anytime and for a long time after the event.

The following online meetups we hosted in October 2019 with links to watch the recordings.  I also encourage you to join our meetup so you will always know when our online meetups are scheduled. Our meetups are hosted by the wonderful Lisa Jung 👋.

⭐️ Managing Kubernetes Traffic with Istio (October 9, 2019) 

In this online meetup, IBM Developer Advocate Mofizur Rahman showed how Istio can be used to manage traffic in a demo application running microservices. Developers also learned why Kubernetes need “service mesh” and how does Istio improve network traffic management.

Watch the recording 📺

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Scaling Developer Relations with an online conference for developers

Scaling your Developer Relations program is a challenge faced by virtually all organizations. It doesn’t matter if you are a startup with 10 people or IBM – you still need to scale your efforts.

IBM probably has one of the biggest Developer Relations organizations in the world. Even with such size, Developer Advocates cannot be everywhere to host in-person workshops, meetups and attend conferences. You cannot scale with people.

Even if you could send a Developer Advocate to every meetup or conference, there are many more developers who don’t attend meetups or conferences. There are many reasons, maybe they leave in an area where there are no meetups or they don’t have conference travel budget. You need to reach these developers and also scale.

The way to scale a program is through content, online meetups (webinars), videos and online forums. I shared how to scale with online meetups and content before:

All these resources are available to anyone with an internet connection regardless of location and can be consumed any time of the day or night. In addition, all these digital resources can provide value for a long time, months or even years.

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Developers don’t hate marketing

A few weeks ago I attended Evans Data Developer Marketing Summit. During a panel one person said:

“Developers hate marketing”

I don’t agree with that.

I think developers don’t like bad marketing.

People in general don’t like bad marketing so I don’t think developers are any special here.

When someone says “developers hate marketing”, I always associate this with an old car salesperson:

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Source: https://carsalesprofessional.com/why-are-car-salesmen-so-annoying/

No one would disagree that this is bad marketing (or sales), most of us probably experienced that. These folks usually use shady tactics and push features, not solutions.

Most will agree that (most) organizations today don’t do this.

At Evans Data Developer Relations Conference in March 2019, Willie Tejada, IBM Chief Developer Advocate said this:

On marketing to developers:

It’s not true that developers don’t want to be marketed to, they are simply very very educated “consumers”.

Here is an example of buying an espresso machine (such as Nespresso)
People will spend a disproportional amount of time learning about the machine and how it works. When they go to the store to buy it, if the sales person knows less than the buyer the buyer will be frustrated. We don’t like when we go to buy something and we know more about the product than the person selling it to us.

There are many great books on marketing out there. A great book I recently read is This is Marketing by Seth Godin. Here is how the book defines marketing:

Marketing is the generous act of helping someone solve a problem. Their problem.

and this one:

Marketers offer solutions, opportunities for humans to solve their problems and move forward.

There is nothing inherently bad about marketing to developers. Companies simply need to be helping solve developer’s problems. If we do this, then we won’t need to say that developers hate marketing (hopefully).

Our goal should always be to share outcomes and results, not features. My all time favorite resource is Adam DuVander’s Share Knowledge, Not Features.

I think here is one good example of that (there are thousands more of course):

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Source: http://webflow.com

Webflow is a No Code platform to build websites. Above is their home page. Webflow is not telling people that they have a visual HTML editor – that’s a feature. They are telling people what problems they can solve, what is the outcome – build a better website, faster, without coding.

Whether you call it developer marketing or something else – let’s help developers solve their problems, show them solutions, outcomes and share knowledge 🙌

Serverless, Computer Vision, Chatbots, PubNub, TomTom and Blockchain – watch September 2019 online meetup recordings

IBM Developer SF team hosts weekly online meetups on various topics. Online events are one of the best ways to scale your Developer Relations program and reach developers anywhere, anytime and for a long time after the event.

The following online meetups we hosted in September 2019 with links to watch the recordings.  I also encourage you to join our meetup so you will always know when our online meetups are scheduled. Our meetups are hosted by the wonderful Lisa Jung 👋.

⭐️ Build an Intelligent Chatbot with Watson and PubNub (September 7, 2019) 

In this online meetup with Dave Nugent developers learned:

  • An introduction to the PubNub realtime network, channel architectures and the publish/subscribe paradigm
  • A walkthrough of IBM Watson and Watson Assistant
  • How to create an interactive chatbot
  • Distributing your interactive chatbot globally with the PubNub realtime network
  • Demo and Q&A

Watch the recording 📺

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Future Developer Summit in 10 pictures

On September 24-25 I attended the Future Developer Summit in Menlo Park, CA. It’s an event where about 60+ leaders discuss the future of developer marketing and developer relations. Here are pictures from the event. I created collages so you will see more than 10 pictures 😉

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Willie Tejada from IBM shared that top-bottom approach is being replaced with bottom-up approach where management grants permission and developers make decisions

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Containers Developer Summit in 10 pictures

On Friday, September 27 IBM Developer SF hosted a 1-day Containers Developer Summit. We started with a hands-on workshop on how to build your first container-based application followed by talks from Alibaba, Kong, Robin.io and IBM. Here are 10 pictures from the summit.

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Dave Nugent is kicking off the summit

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Developer Marketing Summit in 10 pictures

This week I attended Data Evans Developer Marketing Summit. I was there for just half a day but still attended very interesting sessions and snapped some pictures that I want to share. I will share notes from the summit probably next week.

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Janel Garvin opening keynote – showing the latest developer trends from Evans Data surveys

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Developer Relations: content series

Content (articles, tutorials, videos) is one of the best ways to scale your Developer Relations program. Once content is published it can be consumed by developers any time, anywhere in the world. You are no longer limited to just the local developers coming to a hands-on workshop (of course hands-on workshops have other benefits, but that’s for another blog post). Here are some of the recent blog posts I published that cover content creating and publishing.