Mastering Winter '16

In my series of Release posts, Iโ€™m gathering the best resources available on-line to master the new Salesforce features. Ultimately Salesforce professionals will want to pass their certification maintenance exam but, in reality, the goal is to stay on top of your art, not just tick the maintenance box...
Salesforce Winter '16 Logo
To start with, I'd like to share my approach when it comes to learning the new features:

Have fun first, then learn the release notes. It wonโ€™t hurt so much...

๐Ÿ”Ž Bloggers provide their own refreshing perspective on each Salesforce release. Below are my favourite posts for Winter '16.

๐Ÿ“บ After reading these posts, let's move on to Salesforce's Release Channel on YouTube. They're posting great videos, easy to watch to quickly get a feel for the release.

Salesforce Resources
๐Ÿ“˜ The Salesforce doc team always come up with great educative content. I would start with the Release Preview, a high level presentation of the new release, which is a quick and easy read. You can find it in SlideShare too:

Next, try the Admin Quick Wins Guide; it highlights 7 important new features amongst the hundreds shipped in a release.

To finish, I suggest that you check the technical news in the developer site.

Release Notes
๐Ÿ„ Okay, no more procrastination now... You need to bite the bullet and go through the release notes (either HTML or PDF). When you do, make sure that it sticks, donโ€™t just skim through the pages. You could start with your area of interest then come back for the rest of the platform, then again read from start to finish. In any case, donโ€™t skip them, and even read them several times if you can. You need to remember the new features if you want to stay on top of your game.

๐Ÿš€ By now, you should be ready to pass your maintenance exam. I would suggest that you do so as soon as Salesforce opens the exam slot for this release (from November the 16th, 2015 to June 2016). To get organised around the exam itself, I suggest you read my post Preparing Your Salesforce Release Maintenance Exam.

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

Fab ๐Ÿธ