Fueling innovative software
July 15-18, 2019
Portland, OR

Enabling community-driven development

Aaron Aldrich (Elastic)
11:50am12:30pm Thursday, July 18, 2019
Product Management and Design
Location: D138-140

Who is this presentation for?

  • Product owners, developers, and anyone with interest in developing relevant products




The most successful products always seem to drive towards what their industry is after. Elastic exemplifies this with the Elasticsearch, built, you know, for search, but being used as the core of many other successful products.

How can companies know what their audience cares about the most? Is that crystal-ball-like insight achievable without eldritch magicks?

Aaron Aldrich focuses on what successful open source projects leverage for their future to convince you that a strong community is the most valuable asset to your product. Along the way, he shares concrete examples of how Elastic has partnered with its community for greater success together and ideas for how you can foster community for your own products.

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Familiarity with what open source is and how it's organized

What you'll learn

  • Understand the importance of open source communities in product development
  • Learn how to empower your communities and customers to be creative and contribute back
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Aaron Aldrich


Aaron Aldrich is a community builder at Elastic and a founding organizer of the DevOps CT meetup and Devopsdays Hartford. He’s passionate about connecting humans and using technology to enhance our natural inclination to connect with each other. His writing can occasionally be found on Crayzeigh.com (if it’s greater than 140 characters) or on Twitter at @crayzeigh.