Mastering Winter '18

Ok, here we go again!
Salesforce just opened the doors to the certifications maintenance exam (until July 13, 2018). I hate to focus new release study on the exam only, but it's a nice way to validate your work has paid off. Here is a training plan I put together to ease the learning toward new release mastery. The idea is to enjoy the journey first (steps 1 to 4) and then get serious, drilling down into the details (steps 5 and 6).

  1. šŸ“ŗ Watch some videos
  2. šŸ» Get your Trailhead badge
  3. šŸŒ Browse the best blogs
  4. šŸ“˜ Read Salesforce's resources
  5. šŸ„ Learn the Release Notes
  6. ā˜ļø Play around with your DE org
  7. šŸš€ Take the exam

New Release Study: It's not about the maintenance exam. It's about configuring Salesforce to its best in your next project. Your clients will thank you for that!

Videos

šŸ“ŗ 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 work.


In a different style, you may also want to have a look at the Release Readiness Live Admin and Release Readiness Live Developer videos. They're an hour long entertaining talk shows discussing the ins and out of each of the Salesforce modules.

Trailhead

šŸŒ² You can now access the current and previous release trainings on Trailhead. Ideally, you should only need access to the current release, as it's always best to stay up-to-date with the current release.
So, go ahead and have fun learning the new features with the trail Prepare for Salesforce Releases.

Trailhead Winter 18

As for the previous release, the Winter '18 Trailhead module is a only summary which makes it an excellent place to start after the less involving videos.

Blogs

šŸŒ I have handpicked the posts below from the best bloggers in the Salesforce community. They provide a different perspective and interesting use cases for the new features.

Salesforce Resources

šŸ“˜ To start with, I strongly recommend that you check the Release Readiness & Feature Adoption page and maybe join the Success Community Group.
Salesforce's key resource when it comes to new releases is the one stop-shop Release Overview page. I also like the posts from the Salesforce Developer evangelism team.

Release Notes

šŸ„ I guess you know it by now, the Release Notes come in two flavours.

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

Play Time

ā˜ļø Now, get one of your DE orgs and try out what are, in your opinion, the most important features. When done, configure the feature which feels the more complex to you. I also like to run some keyword searches in the HTML version. For instance, if "Leads" are a current area of interest for you, search what's new for "Leads" in the new release. Play around, have fun, learn.

Exam

šŸš€ At this stage, the maintenance exam will be a breeze. Iā€™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 šŸø