Mastering Winter ’17

In my series of Salesforce release posts, I’m focusing today on “Winter ’17”. If you haven't yet read my old (but maintained) post Preparing Your Maintenance Exam I suggest you do it now.

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. 📺 Watch some videos
  2. 🌲 Get your Trailhead badge
  3. 🔎 Browse some blogs
  4. 📘 Read Salesforce's resources
  5. 🍄 Learn the Release Notes
  6. 🚀 Take the exam

Sorry to repeat myself here but, as said in previous posts, I always stress the fact for us Salesforce professionals, it's important not to see the exam as the primary objective of each new release study. The exam only validates that you're comfortable with what you learnt.

Learn more than the minimum required to pass the maintenance exam. Keep your Salesforce skills in top shape, for the benefit of your future projects. Your clients will thank you...

📺 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.

In a different style, you may also want to have a look at the Release Readiness Live videos. They're 15 minutes talk-shows discussing the ins and out of some the new features.

🌲 Only the current and last release are available on the trail Prepare for Salesforce Releases. So, you won't be able to use Trailhead to brush-up on an old release. But it's fine; you're always staying up-to-date, right?

The Winter '17 Trailhead module is eight units long and spans across most Salesforce clouds. It does take some time to go through especially if you do it well and drill down into the resources provided. But, it's a great way to prepare your brain for the Release Notes.

🔎 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
📘 I mentioned earlier the Release Readiness videos. In fact, there are more to it than just the videos. I suggest you check this great program and maybe join their Success Community Group.
One of the great resources I found there is the Customer Resource page.

The Salesforce Developer evangelism team regularly publishes great content and here's their Winter '17 post.

You can also find quite a few interesting resources on the Partners site.

Release Notes
🍄 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.

🚀 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 🐸