Success: Destination Success

or “What Happens in Vegas Goes on Your LinkedIn Profile”

What a week.

My brain still hurts. In a good way. Although shoving knowledge of Visualforce into a two hour block glances at the border of sadism. In a good way.

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A sample of notes/workbooks/work from the week

I came into the office Monday feeling a lot of different things. Tired. Refreshed. Accomplished. Inspired. Hungry. For both breakfast and knowledge…

There is something really cool about being one of the first people to attend this event. I ran into a few other attendees at the airport on the way home, and we chatted about how we’re the OG alums of Destination Success. Salesforce University, we’re looking at you to make something out of that.

Like pretty much every Salesforce event I’ve attended, this one was inspirational, and it created a sense of community. Given that we all lined up for exams like the huddled masses, commiserating and pep-talking, I would say there was an even greater sense of community than normal. We were all in it together. Who else could understand the exhaustion and excitement that was Destination Success?

And man, what a freakin’ week.

It really was great. I got to meet a lot of Salesforce folks, share my story, take tests (yay?), collect swag, and learn a ton. Hooray!

You feel it, though, don’t you? You know what I’m saying…

But

It can’t be sunshine and lollipops all the time. Here’s what could have been handled a little better:

  1. Infrastructure. I feel like I don’t really need to say more, and I don’t know that it was entirely on SFDC. But the connection/server issues…they were issues. Provided resolution was great, and this isn’t a complaint, but next year, plan for bigger.
  2. Circles were so far away. First world problems, I realize. The Circles of Success sessions were being held in the Delano, and I feel like a lot of folks didn’t go because a) they didn’t know how to get there and b) it was kind of a hike. But Circles are so amazing, and it makes me sad that they were all the way on the 5th floor over there.
  3. All lessons are not created equal. I was in the Dev 1 track, and I can safely say that we did not have enough time to cover Visualforce (among other things). Every single module was given 2 hours; some didn’t need the full 2 hours and others needed way more. The pace was inconsistent, accordingly, and it made it really difficult to retain some things.
  4. Consistency was absent. There were two Dev 1 classes, and depending on which one you were in, you may have learned slightly different things. That’s not unusual – I get it; I was a teacher. But I also know that when there is some sort of test, or there are certain skills that students absolutely must know, then working with the other teachers is necessary. There was definitely a bit of a vacuum feeling at times.
  5. Unprepared for crowds. I guess in a way this goes hand-in-hand with infrastructure. When I lined up for my exams, the crowd was just kind of a blob (Lol, Apex). And we would have a friendly Salesforce U person come over and say something like “if you could create five single-file lines…” We really wanted to make lines, but when you get more than a handful of people in a space with no clear direction, they’re going to end up in just 5 vaguely line-shaped blobs. Tape on the floor is helpful here.

That’s about all I have for constructive criticism. But none of that surprised me, either. This was the first year; hiccups are bound to happen, and I think overall it went off extremely, surprisingly smoothly. The little things (save the infrastructure issues) did not detract from the value of the event.

The benefits for me far, far, far outweighed any minor grievances. I am now 3x Certified, and I am ready to tackle the next couple of exams, too. I met a lot of great people. I had a blast in Vegas. I have some sweet shades for the summer.

It really served as a week to remind me just how amazing this community and the opportunities available through Salesforce really are.

So thank you, Salesforce. Again.