Salesforce Certification … To Take the Test or To Not Take the Test?

For me working within Salesforce has always been through Self-Taught means. For the past 7 years I have researched and watched numerous videos to learn and master various parts of Salesforce. I jumped into the deep end of the pool in in my current position almost 2 years ago learning more in my first 90 days than in the previous 5 years combined. The stress of my Project load on my first day almost had me fleeing the office, jumping onto the red line and heading home. Starting out with 18 new projects is most definitely a trial by fire when starting an intense new job with a long commute.

Weighing the Salesforce Certification test and what it would and would not mean for my career path has always been a bit of a conflict for me. The rational part of my brain knows I will pass the ADM 201 test with flying colors and I am more than able to do the same for the ADM 301 and DEV 401 as according to Salesforce’s own test description and advice. Unfortunately the part of my brain that suffered through two rounds of SAT tests in high school is reluctant to pay and take a test where I have a 2% chance of failing. Irrational much? Yes I know!

In my opinion the Salesforce Certification test is not an accurate portrayal of an Administrators knowledge and ability. Rationally it is not hard to pass a multiple choice test where you only need to pass 65% to become certified. When you look at it clearly it is a test with 100 multiple choices questions and you only have to guess 65 of those questions correctly. More likely the correct answers can be found not necessarily by knowledge and application but by memorization and logic. The new Salesforce Trailhead platform provides a well-rounded hands on based Salesforce training. The badges in Trailhead and the trails they have designed for specific job functions and features is a better gauge for understanding someone’s knowledge and ability.

Unfortunately there is a weight to having a specific Certification when you are in the job market and looking for a specific salary range or position and title with a new company. If one wants to be distinguished and stand out among the crowd having a certification is leg up and having more than one certification means someone is standing up and taking notice of you. With that said I have to squash my irrational fear of taking the Salesforce Certification test. I need to just sit down and do it. My nervousness and fear is unfounded and is just an excuse to avoid standing up and being someone who has distinguished herself and is demanding to be taken seriously. So to take the test or not to take the test is not really the question or quandary. When it comes down to it the real question is when do you take the test?

Related Articles:

http://certification.salesforce.com/
http://certification.salesforce.com/Administrators

Guide to passing all Salesforce certifications

Beginner’s Guide to Salesforce Certification

http://resources.docs.salesforce.com/204/14/en-us/sfdc/pdf/salesforce_lead_implementation_guide.pdf

 

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Lightning Experience Transition Planning … Take a Deep Breath You’re Going In…

Now that I have realized Lightning is not as bad as I thought it was there is still the task of transitioning to the new UI. Salesforce’s Trailhead has been instrumental in helping me to feel better prepared to roll out Lightning Experience to my users.

Now that I have realized Lightning is not as bad as I thought it was there is still the task of transitioning to the new UI. Salesforce’s Trailhead has been instrumental in helping me to feel better prepared to roll out Lightning Experience to my users. With that said there are times when one can be over prepared. I feel as if I am over-stressing about migrating to the Lightning Experience. I am reviewing the numerous modules and trails about Lightning Experience. There is a ton of content, articles, trails and modules around this topic. I think the fact that there is so much content and focus on this it is making it even more overwhelming for me.

That is not to say that the modules and trails in Trailhead are not very helpful, they are. The modules are simple and very clear. I love Trailhead and only wish that Salesforce could have come up with this new training program years earlier. This new Salesforce training concept and site is stunning. Unfortunately the trails and modules around preparing a Lightning Migration does not alleviate the stress of the change. If your company and org is anything like mine then this is not a project that can take up a large amount of your time. As a member of my company’s IT time we are constantly prioritizing projects and finding ourselves knee deep in development of one kind or another.

As much as Salesforce can give advice and preparation about including key stakeholders and having your executives on board with a Lightning rollout in the end you (Admin and possibly Developer) are doing the majority of the heavy lifting. I need to feel comfortable with what needs to change, what will and will not work in Lightning experience. We also want to improve our users’ ability to navigate to the items they themselves will use in their role. This means (for me) a revamp to profile mapping and having to lay out all new Apps that are profile and department specific.

Obviously this is something that goes hand in hand with any new transition for a UI. As an admin and an IT professional I should not be surprised and in truth I am not. Unfortunately this not the type of project that can or ever will take priority as much as I (or you) would want it to. Salesforce is good as saying that something like this is not a simple transition and should be considered a priority if it will improve your Business. I agree but transitioning your UI is not necessarily going to raise your ROI immediately especially if you have development that is ongoing that is in fact improving said ROI.

My point is do not feel discouraged as you go through all of the Content about Lightning Experience. It is overwhelming how much there is to learn about Lightning and preparing for a transition to the Experience within your org. It is not going to be a simple switch to flip and there will always be the inevitable hiccups and problems. The change may not be as quick as you would initially have hoped for but give it time. I do think Lightning Experience is constantly improving my original opinion. I like the look, the feel and the bells and whistles that are hidden gems within it. I am looking forward to the transition to Lightning Experience but pacing myself in the transition is what I have found to be the biggest necessity.

Helpful Content:

https://trailhead.salesforce.com/

https://trailhead.salesforce.com/en/module/lex_migration_rollout

https://trailhead.salesforce.com/en/lex_migration_rollout/lex_migration_rollout_enabling

https://trailhead.salesforce.com/en/lex_migration_rollout/lex_migration_rollout_educating

https://releasenotes.docs.salesforce.com/en-us/winter16/release-notes/lex_rollout_strategy.htm

https://trailhead.salesforce.com/en/trail/lex_admin_implementation