This episode, Nana and I were lucky enough to sit down with returning Guest Accomplice Jeremiah Dohn and the incredible Charlie Isaacs. I’ll let that sink in for a moment… Charlie Isaacs!!!! We talked about #BlackGirlsCode, #HiddenFigures, IOT, Nerding out over Salesforce, Benioff & the Bull and the devices we can connect to the cloud. We are super excited to bring you “The Ohana of Things”.
We got the chance to bring back Guest Accomplice Kristi Guzman and she came with her new Podcast Co-host Melinda Smith. We had such a great time that we keep the meter running for an extra episode. To catch the second half, you better subscribe to the Two WIT Podcast. This new podcast is one of the most engaging new shows to my feed in some time. We had a great time. I hope you do as well!
Nana and I hang out with one old friend and one new Guest Accomplice. This is the format we are aiming for future episodes, so let us know what you think. Dale Ziegler introduces to us his good friend Amber Battershell. Amber very recently took to Trailhead to learn about all the great things in the Salesforce world. We learn how enthralled she gets when faced with a puzzle and her first foray into a good sized Salesforce Roll-out.
The first session of the 2016 Dungeons & Dreamforce Adventure has a slightly less rocky start as originally anticipated. We raised money for Extra Life and hope to do even better next week. The story and the series will continue Sept. 20th & 27th. It will come to a close at the NerdforceCon event in San Francisco on Oct. 6th.
This week, we sit down with the one and only Mr. Benjamin Bolopue @sfdcgeek . Between the three of us, we nearly have a dozen kids. Obviously, we talk about how we pass on our nerdy hobbies on to the next generation. Let me be honest with you. Talking to Ben is enthralling and consuming. After we wrapped the session, we talked for another 40 minutes. If you get the opportunity to have conversation, don’t let it pass you by. All of the GrabBags are personally selected by our Guest Accomplice this week, so take an adventure and see where it leads.
Twice a year, everyone in my company makes a pilgrimage back to HQ to review and realign our objectives. We are a burgeoning mid-sized company of enthusiastically dedicated and intelligent people. When you collect a few dozen of these passionate personalities into a conference room for a week, you can learn a lot about your company’s processes. One of the sentiments that struck me with pangs of frustration was, “We discussed this topic last December, and I’m not interested in discussing this now if we will just wind up repeating ourselves again next December!” This may sound like a whiny interjection, but he’s right. Why haven’t we resolved the situations identified 6 months ago?
In preparation for this meeting I reviewed the illustrated process from December and compared it to the process of today. The changes were minor if not trivial. This is maddening because I knew I did do things over the last few months. Where did all my hard work go; where are the fruits of my labor? Studying my notes and my closed Business Process (BP) Tasks I found that much of my work was stymied by a general disinterest from my colleagues. Is “Disinterest” the right word? How about insignificance; my colleagues found the Business Process updates to be insignificant and in turn gave them little attention. This creates a self-fulfilling prophesy as an ignored Business Process is irrelevant. Weird how that works out, right?
Let’s not beat up my reluctant coworkers just yet. They are just as busy as I am. When you are putting your nose to the grindstone, it can’t be easy to turn your head to see what the next guy is doing. I need to get their attention. To get the buy-in needed to make real progress, I need an internal Marketing Campaign. This may be hard to believe, but many Nerds such as myself struggle with social interactions. Even in this very Blogpost, I am leveraging my skills from high school drama class to pretend to be someone daring enough to express his bold faced opinion to the entire interweb.
So what can be done? How do I proliferate the work of my one-man department to a level of productivity beyond expectations? Through the conversations I had with my colleagues I’ve determined I can do better at instigating interdepartmental communication. The BP Department needs to moderate conversations about steps of improvement. I also need to promote further education about the current processes. My work needs to be not only documented but prominently on display.
Over the next couple of blog posts, I will recant my journey of building a BP Documentation Wiki. Most of my guidance will be coming from Amber Boaz’s webinar “How to Create Awesome Documentation”. I strongly encourage all of you to look into this. You will also hear of my journey to up my game on internal marketing through a series of meetings I’ll organize referred to as “BP Collaboratives”. The third leg to this journey (and the Nerdiest leg of them all) will be how I am doing all of this by leveraging a Dungeons & Dragons style motivation technique found in Chris Hardwick’s “The Nerdist Way”.
So, I get it… that last thing came from way out in left field. You are likely wondering if we are even in the Realm of Administrators anymore. If you trust in the power of Nerd, I believe I can relate how a Solo Admin can begin changing the world through a D&D Character Tome.
Let me leave you with one of my favorite ancient Greek quotes that is a lesson in both physics and determination.
This week we have something unique from Productions. We invited the Architect himself, Mr. Adam Olshansky. We had a fantastic conversation about all the Nerdtasticly Amazing things on this globe. We also Blazed another Nerd Trail as Adam walked us through Getting Started with Apex Triggers. This is where it gets odd. Some gremlin stole away into my recording software and neatly removed any evidence that I was actually there. It sounded like Adam and Nana were having a good chat but intermittently stopping in thoughtful reflection throughout the discussion. I’m afraid the nerd talk had to go, but I was able to rescue the Blazed Nerd Trail. We are now all lucky enough to walk through a fantastic Trail that is an excellent first step into the Salesforce Dev World. O…one last thing, Nana and Adam turn into androids half way through the recording. Anyway, Enjoy the show.
We have an exciting set up this week. With the help of Honorary Co-host Brian @Kwongerific and first time Guest Accomplice Jeremiah Dohn @JMDohn, we walk the trail for the Process Automation Badge on Trailhead. If you plan on hitting this badge up soon or are stuck on a particular unit, you came to the right place. So check out how Brian and Jeremiah use process automation and what attire they wear to the movies.
Hi everybody! Nerdforce is looking forward to an amazing extended conversation for 2016. There are some amazing people out there in our community and most of us have ambitious goals. No matter how last year worked out for you, we hope that this year will be even better. On that note, Nana has taken a brief time away from the podcast as she pieces things together after her recent bout with Mother Nature. Don’t fret too much. Nana is a survivor and she will come back an even brighter star than before. To get more details on this amazing story, check out and subscribe to Nana’s Musings. We can all learn something from her tenacity.
This week we are joined by former Nerdforce Accomplice and now Honorary Co-Host Lauren Jordan (@SaaSyGeek). She and I have a fun conversation with Southeast Dreamin’ SuperStar, Kristi Guzman (@KristiForce). We talk about Trailhead, sandboxes, MrRobot and Regional Super Salesforce Events; you know, as you do. So listen up and check out all the GrabBags below. Thanks for being part of the Nerdforce Nation.