If you’ve not heard of it already – Trailhead is Salesforce’s brand new all-singing, all-dancing interactive learning platform. It’s fun, it’s free and you can earn badges and points – which makes it dangerously addictive.
Trailhead has been around for a few months, so why am I only just writing about it now?
- I’ve been too distracted by Trailhead to write blog posts! (ok, this one isn’t 100% true, but it could very easily be)
- Trailhead has just been updated with a whole bunch of new content.
- I’m going to be crushing my opposing contestants in Trailhead Gladiators (Tuesday Session, Wednesday Session) at Dreamforce this year.
New Content on Trailhead
Trailhead content is divided into Modules, which are then grouped together into Trails. There are also Projects which are standalone activities that you can do as the equivalent of a Hello World+ on a topic. The platform is now up to 30 modules, 7 trails and 6 projects, which is a heck of a lot of content to get through, and more is being added all the time.
Admin Trail – CRM
The Admin Trail – CRM contains 3 modules and provides a brief introduction to the Salesforce platform and how to navigate through the interface, it then moves on to describe how the basic CRM features work (Accounts, Contacts, Leads & Opportunities) and what they mean in the real world.
The whole trail only takes about 90 minutes to complete and is a great way to bring people up to speed on CRM concepts that they may not have encountered before, in particular the concepts of Lead Conversion and what an Opportunity represents. It’s such a great introduction that we’ve used this module at Desynit to introduce our two new hires to these concepts as the modules in this trail do a much better job of explaining it all than I ever could!
Want to be #DF15 ready? Then the Dreamforce Trail is for you, it only contains one module, but if you’re going to Dreamforce this year then it’s the most important module you’ll ever complete (ok, maybe I’m exaggerating slightly… but only slightly)! Even if you’re not going the module offers some really compelling reasons why you should.
Don’t know what you’ll need to bring to Dreamforce? Don’t know what the DevZone is? Don’t know that asking your magic 8 ball isn’t the best way to stay up-to-date about Dreamforce? This trail answers all of those questions and more!
The trail has been put together by seasoned Dreamforce veterans who offer up all of their top tips for getting the most out of your Dreamforce experience, it’s also a really fun module to complete and only takes 30 minutes of your time. So what are you waiting for? Stop reading this and go do it (or wait until you get to the end of this and then do it, that’s probably a better idea)!
Trailhead Gladiators is an awesome event in the DevZone at Dreamforce this year which sees 12 Salesforce MVPs (well, 11 MVPs and my humble non-MVP self) competing in teams against each other with the aid of audience members to complete Trailhead challenges LIVE onstage! There will also be trivia, live commentary and all sorts of other fun stuff going on around the event so it should be a lot of fun.
There are two sessions, both in the Developer Theatre, one at 12:00PM (midday) on Tuesday 15th and a second at 11:30AM on Wednesday 16th. I’m a member of “Team &” (working title) alongside my colleague Jenny Bamber and the amazing Nana Gregg. We’re clearly the best team so you should come and cheer us along, maybe you’ll get picked out of the audience and could join us on stage, who knows? One thing I do know, if you’re not there, then you’re missing out!
If all that isn’t enough to convince you to come along, then check out the trailer.
Whilst you’re at Dreamforce you should also come along to my session with John Stevenson – Salesforce Open Source for Fun & Everyones Profit (Friday, September 18, 8:30 – 9:10 @ Moscone West, 2007) which is going to be all about how open source and what you can do to get involved and become part of the growing Salesforce open source community.
Trailhead is awesome. This isn’t just me plugging it for the sake of it, it really is (I’ve spend a lot more time on it than I’d care to admit). It’s a fantastic learning tool for beginners and platform experts alike. Admittedly there is less content there for experts, but it’s always good to refresh your knowledge from time-to-time.
If you’ve not done any Trailhead modules yet then you should go and give it a try, if you have used Trailhead already then go and earn some more badges and do the new modules!
Oh, and don’t forget “Team &” are the best.