The CHAOSS Community podcast elevates conversations about metrics, analytics, and software for measuring open source community health.

About the show

This CHAOSS Community podcast features members who spent considerable time and effort to understand open source community health and how we can measure it through metrics, analytics, and software. We invite guests to this podcast to talk about how they use open source community health metrics and software in their own open source communities, companies, or foundations. This podcast fills the gap with open source community metric definitions and software on one side and their use on the other side.

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  • Episode 70: Revisiting Metrics Journeys with Chris Mercer

    27 January 2023  |  42 mins 23 secs

    Venia and Lori are hosting a special revisit episode with special guest, Chris Mercer, Co-Founder of Measurement Today, we’ll find out what Measurement Marketing does, where we were with measurement when Chris was on last, and how things have changed throughout the years. He goes in depth about the new Measurement Marketing Framework, the ACE model, and he shares his thoughts on Google Analytics 4 and why he thinks now is the time to get into it.

  • Episode 69: Community Insights with Hedan Zeng [Part 2 of 2]

    11 November 2022  |  41 mins 1 sec

    Welcome back to Part Two to a conversation we had with our amazing guest, Hedan Zeng, who’s the Director of Product Management at Common Room. In Part One, we spoke to Hedan about the development of Common Room, the history of Hedan’s personal journey in community, and what Common Room’s real philosophies around community health have been. Today, we brought her back so we can talk more about our metrics.

  • Episode 68: Community Insights with Hedan Zeng [Part 1 of 2]

    4 November 2022  |  38 mins 4 secs

    We are super excited to have joining us as our guest, Hedan Zeng, Director of Product Management at Common Room, the intelligent community growth platform for today’s fastest-growing companies. Today, we’ll learn all about Common Room and how they think about metrics. We’ll also find out about the metrics they use, and Common Room’s theory and approach to design, from data to user interface.

  • Episode 67: The CHAOSS Newcomer Slack Bot and She-Code-Africa with Precious and Iyimide

    14 October 2022  |  35 mins 29 secs

    Today, we are excited to be joined by two guests, Iyimide Adegunloye (Mide) and Precious Abubakar, who participated in the She Code Africa Program. We invited them to talk about the program and share what they’ve done, as well as discussing bots and the welcoming of newcomers.

  • Episode 66: Deciding what metrics to measure for community managers with Bri, Lori, and Victoria

    7 October 2022  |  49 mins 40 secs

    Our guests are Victoria Cumberbatch, Founder of adventuresOFcommunity, a Community Development Consultancy, and Bri Leever, a Community Architect and Founder of Ember. Our conversations take us through finding out how everyone got their start in community, and what numbers mean for our brands and what they’ll mean for open source health. Also, we’ll find out about Bri’s learning journey, and more about the metrics Bri and Viki are using and the kinds of stories they’re telling with them.

  • Episode 65: How Projects Secure Their Code with Chris and Nir

    16 September 2022  |  41 mins 6 secs

    Today, Georg has two experts in analyzing open source community repositories joining him from Arnica, which is focused on software security supply chain security. Our two guests today are Chris Abraham, Head of Data Science, and Nir Valtman, Co-Founder and CEO, and they’re here to tell us about an analysis they conducted called, “How do top open-source projects protect their code?”, the story behind why they decided to do this, and some surprising things they learned from the analysis.

  • Episode 64: Policy for Open Source in Amsterdam with Maurice Hendriks

    2 September 2022  |  37 mins 38 secs

    We are super excited to have joining us, Maurice Hendriks, who works for the Municipality of Amsterdam as a policy maker, specifically on the topic of Open Source. He’s here to share his journey into open source and to talk more about his views on open source.

  • Episode 63: Revisiting Communities with Jono Bacon

    19 August 2022  |  48 mins 53 secs

    We’re so excited to welcome back Jono Bacon, a leading community and collaboration strategy consultant, author, and speaker, and previously led community at GitHub, Canonical, and XPRIZE. Our conversations today include a mix of revisiting some things we talked about in Jono’s previous episode, updates on what’s changed in the community industry and in his world, as well as some new things that are happening in Web3.

  • Episode 62: Maintaining Open Source Projects - a joint episode with the Sustain Podcast

    12 August 2022  |  42 mins 7 secs

    Today’s episode is a shared podcast between Sustain and CHAOSS. We have six panelists to talk about maintaining open source and we’ll also do a quick update from a previous episode and talk about what has changed and what maintaining open source looks like today. The panelists we have are Georg Link, Richard Littauer, Dawn Foster, Willem Jiang, Amanda Casari, and Ben Nickolls.

  • Episode 61: The Untapped Potential Of Goal-Oriented Metrics with Richard Millington

    8 July 2022  |  42 mins 16 secs

    We are super excited to have as our guest, Richard Millington, who’s the Founder of FeverBee and author of Build Your Community. Today, we’ll be talking with Richard about communities, metrics, and what FeverBee does for organizations.

  • Episode 60: Lessons Learned in Implementing Community Management Metrics

    4 June 2022  |  36 mins 2 secs

    Today, we have Brian Oblinger, Senior Vice President of New Products at Commsor, and Lori Goldman, Community Manager at ForgeRock. Our conversations touch on how Brian and Lori found themselves in community and their experiences with measuring community health over the years. We also learn about some start-ups in the community, what CMX has done in the community, where the community is going in a post 2022 world, and some projects Lori and Brian are working on.

  • Episode 59: The Craft of Coding and Code Metrics for Open Source in M&As

    20 May 2022  |  33 mins 57 secs

    Today, our special guest is Matt Van Itallie, who’s the Founder and CEO of Sema, a software company focused on code quality. Today, we find out about Sema’s tools, one being an analytics tool to understand open source, the other one helps developers build a portfolio of their work, and we learn how these tools relate to the work CHAOSS is doing.