Yes, i’m also in the same pot, and i’ve got here cause i need help.
At the beginning i joined as a regular member into this idea of a Community in our country (Macedonia) thinking i was interesting to check it out, and slowly i became/remained the one that is practically driving it forward for the past 2.5 years. It’s not an “online-focused” community, but more focused on the physical gatherings and sharing.
What it helped:
building continuity: at the beginning we didn’t have a plan of what we’re doing, it was pretty chaotic, but after re-structuring it, we gave a clear picture of what is planned to do for the next 6-12 months.
improve the way we keep in touch with the members: FB, LinkedIn, mail newsletter.
making it more transparent: giving more info about the events/gatherings, sharing materials, pointing our exact target skills, giving more info about the presenters
diversifying the types of events: technical presentations, workshops, personal development/soft skills coaching sessions, opened themed discussions, beer meetings.
What doesn’t work:
- can’t make people to interact/participate: give feedback; ask questions; come to gatherings: people just sit back and wait for someone to give them something all the time
- finding people that want to get involved: it’s hard to run something by yourself, without people that want to take ownership on pieces of work and treat it accordingly, responsibly.
- still resisting the idea to register it as an organization and get into more responsibility of dealing with accounting, finances, taxes, sponsorship etc.
- can’t attract senior QAs and testers to share and participate.
My biggest challenge is the people that don’t see the benefit of sharing things, and me resisting the idea that i have to sell something to this community (idea, knowledge etc) instead of growing out of a need of its own.