The future of Developer Relations at Bitrise

Bitrise's Developer Relations team strives to make the lives of the mobile development community easier. In enabling mobile developers, they have developed a variety of resources… but that is just the beginning!

A few weeks ago, I joined Bitrise to lead the Developer Relations team. For those of you that have seen the terms “Developer Relations” or “DevRel” and aren’t quite sure what they means, please let me know, my email is robert.hedgpeth@bitrise.io. Ok, ok, just kidding! 

Most simply put, the Bitrise Developer Relations, or DevRel, team’s purpose is to enable you, the mobile community. You can read “enable” as “make your experience with Bitrise as painless and beneficial as possible”. Now, of course, there’s a bit more to it, but, by and large, the gist is that we in DevRel focus on helping the community more easily solve their problems with Bitrise. 

For some people that may mean just simply letting them know that Bitrise, and this whole concept of Mobile DevOps built around continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD), exists. After all, sometimes just knowing something exists starts flipping those lightbulbs on in our heads.

On the other hand, it could be the case that you’re already well-versed in the art of Bitrising (I’m a big fan of this verb and hoping it’s a thing), and what you really need is more help on your specific workflows. The Developer Relations team is there for that too!

So that means that the fundamental practice of developer relations is to help facilitate the developer journey, which is the natural process of first learning about and then, ultimately, working to master new technology. And, ultimately, DevRel folks accomplish this by doing all they can to help make that process as painless as possible through a balance of both input and output, or teaching and learning, talking and listening, etc.  

A high-level look at Bitrise DevRel

Because as important as it is for the Bitrise DevRel team to spread awareness and educational resources about the capabilities (including the 350+ Integration Steps), it’s equally as crucial to collaborate with the community to help improve Bitrise features and functionality. This is a cyclic process that keeps a keen focus on making progress for both Bitrise and the Bitrise community. 

The present: empowering the Bitrise community

OK, so let’s be real, when it comes to mobile tech, we live in a crazy exciting time. The need for mobile solutions has never been higher. So many opportunities, so many expectations. And, of course, with those expectations, the need to improve mobile development, testing, and deployment processes has also never been greater. 

That makes our day-to-day mission at Bitrise pretty simple. We strive for nothing less than to help you improve those processes. To do that we’ve focused heavily not only on providing a solid product, but also on creating a variety of resources that can help you learn about Bitrise’s features and capabilities. And, most importantly, to provide ways for you to connect and collaborate with the rest of the mobile community.

All that said, we’re just getting started.

The future: creating THE space for Mobile DevOps

Building off of the amazing foundation that has already been laid, we will be making some serious waves in 2022! 

Because we know that creating mobile solutions is more than just jumping into Xcode or Android Studio and cranking out code. In fact, mobile teams these days are often made up of individuals spanning development, testing, ops, and project management. And that’s exactly why we’ll be focused on creating a space where you can come for enablement that spans the entire lifecycle of mobile development, testing, delivery, and everything in between. 

Ultimately, we’re striving to create a place that doesn’t focus exclusively on developers that specialize in specific technologies or cover individual parts of the mobile product delivery process in a silo, but one that appeals to mobile engineering teams as a whole. One where conversations take place about the big challenges and where — with the help of the community — we meaningfully improve how mobile product engineering is approached.

Some of the things we’ll be doing this year in pursuit of this goal are:

  • Expanding our technical content

We all know that content is a crucial part of improving the experience of using anything technical. And we at Bitrise know that everyone learns differently. So, we'll be heavily focused on providing new content that spans a variety of different mediums (e.g. blogs, videos, code samples, etc.), content sources (e.g. external blog sites, Twitch, etc.) and technologies. 

Check out our newly created GitHub space dedicated specifically to development code snippets, examples, and sample apps! And be sure to keep an eye out for new content as we’ll be putting a heavy emphasis on this new space going forward.

But this is just the beginning. Soon we’ll be creating all kinds of content like blog articles, YouTube videos, and much more that use our code snippets and examples in the new GitHub space. Stay tuned!

  • Growing the Bitrise Expert Program

We’re currently in the process of retooling the Bitrise Expert program so that it’ll provide even more value to help members to empower the Bitrise community, network with other experts, and tap into a variety of other perks.

  • Focusing on feedback

At Bitrise we understand that Developer Relations is more than just giving out swag, writing blog posts, and speaking at conferences. Much more. This is why we’ll be focusing heavily on collaborating with the community to improve the experience of using Bitrise. 

  • Broadening existing and introducing new educational/enablement avenues  

We’re hard at work expanding our existing educational and enablement mediums as well as planning even more ways for you to learn about Bitrise. We can’t say much (yet) about this, but trust me when I say that we’ve got some big things brewing. Stay tuned!

There’s no question that 2022 is going to be a huge year for Bitrise, mobile solutions, and the entire mobile community. We’re incredibly thankful that we’ll be joining all of you on the ride, and we’re anxious to roll up our sleeves and start building with you. This is exactly why we want to hear from you. We want to know what you’re working on, what events you’ll be going to this year, and, most importantly, how we can help enable you to achieve your goals. 

So, if you have any questions, comments or really any feedback of any kind we want to hear from you!

We’re looking forward to hearing from you, and, as always, happy building!

Interested in joining the Bitrise Developer Relations team? Well, you’re in luck, because we’re hiring! Be sure to check out the Bitrise Careers page for more information on the open, fully-remote Developer Advocate and Community Manager positions.
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