A replacement plan is a great resource, even when you’re not being replaced.
A year ago, as the role of OpenStack community manager at Red Hat was moving from one person to another, we started thinking about what needs to be in place to effectively transition a role. More generally, we started thinking about planning, and documenting, for your eventual replacement.
We’ll talk about what worked, what didn’t, and what had unexpected benefits for the larger community.
This presentation helps existing and new community managers take a hard look at their roles within their projects to delegate tasks, encourage future advocates, and facilitate the evolution of their community role.
That is the abstract from DevRelCon London 2018 – and I’m totally SQUEE that it was recorded / transcribed / published in this month’s DevRel Newsletter.
Here are my absolute favorite quotes along with some of my fav images used during the actual talk.
Continue reading “Passing The Torch Without Dropping The Ball”
This post is going to be super first world and come from a place of massive privilege – I recognize that I’m in an amazing place to be able to talk about owning a house and selling it and buying another one and setting up my own office at home. That it’s amazing to have a job, to have a remote job, to have a well paying remote job with an amazing company like Red Hat. All that. This post is entirely about bragging about my new home office. And while I feel incredibly proud of how hard we’ve worked to get where we are today, I also realize how very much this is because we appear white and straight and well functioning and normal and this is very much an advantage we have in the world.
I have my very own home office.
Separate from my own home.
When we found out we were pregnant with twins, among the plethora of stressors was that we’d need to remodel our house extensively to make it work once said twins were old enough to want their own spaces. This is YEARS in the future, but it was still right there with all the other OMG things that were dancing through my DOUBLY hormonal brain.
And instead of taking a deep breath and Putting It Aside we put our house on the market, found a new house, packed, moved, and had babies.
No big deal.
Continue reading “I Have An Office!”
This morning, JUST NOW, I scheduled the very first event for the brand new meetup group, PatchMakers.
And I’m totally not freaking out.
But, more importantly, I’m super excited about this group.
Continue reading “Step Zero: Schedule Your First Event”
YEAH YOU KNOW ME!
I went to six conferences in forty eight days and that’s just a bit overwhelming.
I had this abstract idea that it was over the course of the around eight weeks or so but then I looked at the actual dates and pulled it up on a calendar calculator and now I want to vomit.
FORTY. EIGHT. DAYS.
This is in stark contrast to the rest of the year when i didn’t attend ANYTHING.
Wait, no, I did That One Thing – OpenStack Project Team Gathering where I did a ton of interviews and OMG I just realized I have to edit SO MANY VIDEOS.
Now, part of the not travelling AT ALL is because I was coming back from maternity leave and didn’t want to travel while the twins were so young and part of the travelling WAY TOO MUCH is because dayum if I didn’t just plan for that so poorly but also I really missed travel and speaking and doing All The Things.
Let’s make 2019 much more balanced and not have entire quarters of no travel NOR have entire quarters of all the travel, mkay?
Also, my partner will kill me, understandably, kthxbye. Cause three kids and one parent is ROUGH.
But first, let’s look back at that travel insanity and Learn The Lessons.
As an aside, I started to write up ALL of the travel reports at once and got completely overwhelmed, so this is ONLY THE FIRST TWO.
Bite sized chunks are bite sized.
Continue reading “Who Down With OCP?!?”
Spoiler Alert: communication is key.
I’m putting together an abstract with a couple of fellow #DevRel liaisons on how we managed to pass (and drop!) responsibility of an open source community. We’ll submit to a couple of upcoming conferences over the next year and see what happens.
Cause you never know until you try.
We’ll talk about the exact tips and tricks we used to get the knowledge WRITTEN DOWN. What’s one thing we learned from each other. What’s one thing we totally dropped the ball on – D’OH!
And a bunch of other brilliant things.
To My Fellow Collaborators,
I’m excited to live with you. And laugh with you.
To cry with you.
Continue reading “How To Pass The Torch Without Dropping All The Balls”