I love sharing and growing as a public speaker. Recent talks center around the human aspects of Open Source software contribution, though my favorite to date is on the data side of Community programs. Please reach out if you’d like to have me as a featured speaker. My speaker biography is here.
I checked a career goal checkbox with my first talk at this internationally-reknown show. It was my first draft of explaining the importance of accepting open source contributors no matter where they come from and what tools they are comfortable using. To do that, we need to stop defaulting to IRC as the primary communication channel and shift toward beautiful and simple asynchronous options.
I enjoyed the reception—in favor and against—as I find a way to advocate for inclusivity and acceptance that open source is not reserved for those who use any single platform.
In a revision to the metric talk from ATO, I focus in on the importance of comparison to make an effective argument for communities.
The updated version is here:
The metrics behind Community and DevRel programs continues to be a curiosity of mine. Our field has seemed to define the internal improvement mentrics quite effectively, yet struggles to provide external business value to those who aren’t deep “in it.”
I’m proudest of the use of an analogy: that our use of data is similar to behaviorist psychology, which can provide incentive but has no explanation for human experience. An effective metric is like Gestalt psychology, where the whole is more than the sum of its parts.
I had the honor of keynoting the final Virtualization Technology User Group, which was the first community event I ever volunteered at. I was given the “tough love” spot where I was asked to make people think about what they need to learn to build there careers beyond virtualization. From the feedback received, I succeeded with Cloud, DevOps, Coding, and other Sysadmin fads.
A big thanks to Chris Williams for the invitation.
The incredible duo of Mary Thengvall and J. Paul Reed put together the first conference dedicated to Resilience Engineering. It was an honor to share a story of our resilient community at Sensu and to speak on personal resiliency as learned by some recent events. Sign up at the event website to hear about future shows. Huge thanks to Jessica Kerr for her live annotation of the talk.
Original slides are here:
I had the spontaneous and incredible opportunity to present a lightning talk at Monitorama 2018 in Portland, OR. The title of this one is Recruiting Open Source Contributors: a lesson from Benjamin Franklin because of my love for the psychological phenomenon that is the Benjamin Franklin Effect. In it I hit home the power of asking for help along with some of the ways GitHub makes asking easier to do.
Original slides are here:
In “Don’t Go It Alone: Recruiting Contributors,” I give a 40 minute bootcamp in GitHub practices that lead to contribution to open source projects. This show was particularly fun since it hit the cross section of professionals and college students learning open source. It also gave me an opportunity to share the tactics, technological and psychological, to make recruiting contribution easier for everyone involved. Keep an eye on Open Source 101 - it’s a great way to give back to our community.
Slides for this one are here:
Keynoting at Community Leadership Summit was truly a joy. I’ve had this story of how Community’s value is less obvious compared to other departments for some time, and this event gave me the opportunity to express it to an audience that needs to hear it. Understanding the way each of us choose to position our community’s value through metrics is the difference between a well-funded program and an inevitable reorg. One of my favorite points, on baselining the value of stickers as compared to paid advertisements, was caught in this tweet:
Some of my best slides yet are in the deck, hosted here:
This keynote answered the question “what do you get when you cross career advice with buzzword bingo?” I went back to my old haunts of Boston to share a story of terminology, evolution of technology, and to make a plea for people to embrace open source to future proof their careers.
Slides are on my old Slideshare account: “Where do we go from here?”.
Events require brief profiles about speakers. Here’s my default for when those requests come in.
You can download this picture of me for any event pages.
Matt is an advocate for open source software and currently the Technical Editor of Opensource.com. He specializes in designing technology communities that develop products and content in a way that tells a powerful story.
Matt is a retired EMC storage admin, vExpert, and former fan of other proprietary technologies. He is a serial podcaster, best known for the Geek Whisperers podcast, co-built the the DevRel Collective, and often shares his thoughts on Twitter and GitHub @mbbroberg. He’s also a fan of tattoos and cats, though remains unsure of Schrödinger’s.