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Hello World, do we DevRel now?

devrel 5 giu 2023

As a community manager for the open-source project IOTA, my primary goal is to ensure that developers feel welcomed in the web3 space that IOTA is now part of, thanks to Shimmer and the recently launched ShimmerEVM testnet. I am excited to expand my knowledge and explore the world of DevRel as part of my personal growth journey.

Following a four-day trip to Malta and some inspiration from my friend Daniel, who happens to love tacos, I decided to take a new approach to my work. My aim was to get as close as possible to developers and start my web3 journey experiencing the same limitations and using tools they might be using.

To achieve this, I set a personal budget of €300 to purchase a notebook or Chromebook to serve as my primary device for work. I want to avoid using my high-performance 12-core, 64GB RAM multi-monitor machine as much as possible, instead opting for something developers with limited budgets might be using.

This personal growth journey is separate from my main responsibilities and is done outside of work hours. I expect this experiment to be eye-opening and enlightening. I anticipate having to adjust my workflow and find new tools to work effectively. However, I also anticipate gaining a new perspective on the challenges developers face and the significance of meeting them where they are.

Through exploring DevRel, I hope to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities that developers face and find ways to better engage with them. This personal journey benefits not only my own growth and development but also IOTA and Shimmer as a whole. By sharing my experiences and insights with the team, I aim to contribute to the development of effective DevRel strategies that can help build a more engaged and stronger community of developers around our platforms.

I am using the STAR method - Situation, Task, Action, Result - to reflect on my experiences and identify areas for improvement. This method helps me to analyze each situation, identify the tasks that need to be accomplished, take action to address them, and measure the results.

Let's kick off this blog series to document my journey and explore the world of DevRel in the web3 space. I hope you'll join me on this exciting adventure.

Stay tuned for my next post, where I'll share the first part of my journey: Learning about DevRel.