Project Planning

July 4, 2016 Melissa VanDyke 0 Comment
The Spirit of Agile

If you are like me, you might have done some searches on the internet about this “agile” thing over the years. And you most likely came across terms like “stories”, “scrum masters” and “sprints” all over the place! Then, you might have had the thought that this seemed really complicated and ultimately was not something […]

April 3, 2016 Melissa VanDyke 0 Comment
The Bottom Line on Formulas

The Bottom Line, join and participate in the success community! First, if you have not joined SteveMo’s “Who owes me a beer?!?” group on the success.salesforce.com community then you need to do that right now. Go ahead. I will wait here. Not only is this group a direct line to SteveMo, the most famous Salesforce MVP in […]

March 9, 2016 Melissa VanDyke 0 Comment
The Bottom Line on Intention

The Bottom Line is brought to you by the Admin to Admin Academy @MVDSFDC www.melissavandyke.com As salesforce admins we are also business analysts and process gurus. To be better at our job means we are paying attention to our business, and conducting ourselves as the COO of our world. We initiate meetings, brainstorming sessions, and […]

December 7, 2015 Melissa VanDyke 0 Comment
Happy salesforce-ing

Almost a year ago today, I created a mantra for myself in an effort to help guide me in each moment and to remind me to make decisions that align with my goals and values; and I would like to share it with you now: “I am a fierce leader in an adventurous world.” Since focusing on this vision […]

September 20, 2015 Melissa VanDyke 0 Comment
My SFDC Project Plan: Lightning Experience Migration

This year, Dreamforce 2015 has inspired me to write a project plan for migrating my users to the Lightning Experience UI. I used my core project plan template and modified it for this Lightning Experience migration project so that you can see how to put my core template into practice in real life! I propose Salesforce Admins […]

July 26, 2015 Melissa VanDyke 0 Comment
The 8 Steps to Managing Successful Salesforce Projects

This is a high-level representation of the project lifecycle that I have found to be the most effective in managing successful salesforce.com projects. To download the full ebook and project template that goes along with these 8 steps subscribe to the mailing list now! Step Deliverable 1. Current state Identify the business owners of the current […]

July 19, 2015 Melissa VanDyke 0 Comment
Salesforce Admins are Employee-preneurs

One of my favorite ways to pass the time is to reflect on the choices and events of my life that have lead me to this point. It is fascinating that so many specific choices had to come into play for me to end up right here, right now. The reason I do this is always because I […]

June 17, 2015 Melissa VanDyke 0 Comment
The Dirty Laundry Project

Not the “don’t deal with your personal problems while other people are around” kind of dirty laundry, but the “let’s clean some cloths” kind! To get us started, it is important we review the official definition of a project: the Project Management Institute defines a project as “a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique […]

March 22, 2015 Melissa VanDyke 0 Comment
Mind your PB&Js

As a salesforce.com administrator, we are constantly implementing new processes for our organizations. To start a new salesforce.com project off right, it is crucial that we take the time to interview the right people (and allow them all to contribute!) and clearly identify and document where their pain points are within the process. UPATE SEPTEMBER 2015: I presented on this topic […]

February 28, 2015 Melissa VanDyke 0 Comment
Bringing all the troops to the project

Writing a use case is an ideal way of getting organized and making sure you are not missing any key components for the deliverable you are working on. Going through the exercises outlined below for any project you take on will help in many ways, the most important being: (A) transferring everything from your head to […]