Mastering Spring '16

In my series of Salesforce release posts, I’m focusing today on β€œSpring ’16”. If you haven't yet read my old (but maintained) post Preparing Your Maintenance Exam I suggest you do it now.

This post brings together all resources available into an organised training plan.

Spring 2016 release logo

Training Plan:

My recommended approach is to get high-level awareness, get a feel for the new release and then drill down into the technical information.

  1. πŸ“Ί Watch some videos
  2. 🌲 Get your Trailhead badge
  3. πŸ”Ž Browse some blogs
  4. πŸ“˜ Read Salesforce's resources
  5. πŸ„ Learn the Release Notes
  6. πŸš€ Take the exam

Videos
πŸ“Ί Salesforce has a YouTube Channel where you'll find all of their release specific video content. I find it a great way to start your new release study plan.

Trailhead
🌲 The Trailhead teams is introducing a new trail β€œPrepare for Salesforce release”. It's a great way to get a feel for the new features spread across Clouds. But, don't jum to conclusions, this is not enough...

Consultants need more than an overall understanding, they need to master their art and this means loads of studying for each new release.

Note that only the current and last release are available on the trail. So, you won't be able to use Trailhead to brush-up on an old release.

Trailhead Badge

Blogs
πŸ”Ž I picked a few posts from some of the best bloggers in the Salesforce community. It's great to see what use cases they find for the new features...

Salesforce Resources
πŸ“˜ The Salesforce doc team always come up with great presentations and video.
I would start with the β€œRelease Previewβ€œ, a high-level presentation of the new release, which is a quick and easy read.

If you’re a techie, you can find developer centric release information on the developer site. I suggest you watch the release Webinar recording and review the slides afterwards.

Release Notes
πŸ„ I guess you know it by now, the Release Notes come in two flavours. Each has its advantage.

  • PDF file: I use them in the train, downloaded to my iPad to make the best of otherwise wasted time.
  • HTML page: I use them on my laptop when I need advanced search capabilities.

Exam
πŸš€ At this stage, the maintenance exam will be a breeze. I’m doing the exam using two monitors with WebAssessor on the main screen and two browser tabs on the second screen: (1) HTML release notes & (2) a DE org ready for quick tests.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Don't hesitate to ping me on Twitter if you have any comment or question.

Fab 🐸