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Monday, October 22 • 16:15 - 16:55
Scaling Your Developer Community via Plugins - Greg Sutcliffe, Red Hat

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Finding developers to work on your project is hard. Most growth in developer communities is organic - that is, they find you and decide to contribute - which is fine, but perhaps there are other ways to get people involved?

In this talk, Greg will use his experiences of developing plugins for a project as a way to enable more contribution. Users frequently encounter the "last mile problem" in which a project solves 90% of their issue, but they want the flexibility to fix the rest. Plugins enable motivated users to fix their own issues, and a good plugin architecture encourages them to share that plugin with other users. In effect, they become a part of the developer community, invested in it's growth.

We'll look at the pros & cons of supporting plugins, ways in which you can share plugins, maintainer strategies, and more, drawing on examples from communities like TheForeman, config management, Discourse, and more.


Gregory Sutcliffe

Community Manager, Red Hat
Greg has been the community manager of the Foreman project for 4 years, at Red Hat for 6 years, and involved with Foreman for over 7 years. He's been a public speaker for many years, at conferences like FOSDEM, CfgMgmtCamp, DevConf, as well as local meetups, on wide ranging topics... Read More →

Monday October 22, 2018 16:15 - 16:55 BST
Cromdale Hall B, Level -2