Let’s try a little experiment, shall we?
Tonight, starting at 9pm Central Time, I’m going to be working on a redesign of a Visual Workflow for tasks to deploy to production. The twist? I’m going to be doing my work LIVE on the air for everyone to see!
I’ll be using a site called justin.tv, which is specifically designed for this sort of thing. Many different kinds of artists and designers use justin.tv to broadcast their creation process, and so I shall be doing the same.
I’ll be talking through my visual workflow work, as well as taking questions, so consider this a two-birds-one-stone kind of event; you can watch how visual workflow is made, and/or take the opportunity to ask an experienced Salesforce admin and visual workflow designer any questions you might have. The questions don’t even have to be visual workflow related! I’ll help out any way I can, if I can.
If you want to ask questions, you’ll have to create an account on justin.tv, but the good news is that accounts are free. If you get routed to a page asking if you want to pay for a Pro account for $9.99 a month, this is NOT NECESSARY, so don’t feel obligated.
When 9pm rolls around, click this link (http://justin.tv/salesforceyoda) OR the justin.tv logo at the top of this article, and it will take you there.
And now, a little FAQ:
- What is justin.tv?
Well, have you heard of twitch.tv? If you have, justin.tv is the predecessor to twitch.tv, and is run by the same people. It’s basically the same thing as Twitch, but for things that are not games.
If you haven’t heard of Twitch, justin.tv is a live-streaming site. It lets people from around the world broadcast whatever they want (within moral guidelines of course) for free, for other people to watch. People can broadcast for free, and people can watch for free. And I mean free as in beer!
- But the site is asking me for money…
Don’t worry about it. Click back and find the Sign In button at the top. I make no money from this, and in no other way get any reimbursement from Salesforce or justin.tv. Yes, justin.tv and Twitch have subscriber options where the broadcasters can make money, but I am not using that functionality.
- If you’re not getting anything for doing this, why are you doing it?
Multiple reasons in this answer. One, I really like helping people, and having an “open office hours” of sorts appeals to me. I may not be the best admin, but I’m no slouch, if I may say so myself. This is my way of contributing.
Two, people love to watch people. It’s in our natures. And we love watching people do things that we do. I know that I would love to watch someone work in Salesforce; I looked to see if anyone was doing this sort of thing, because I wanted to see it! Since I couldn’t find anyone, I figured, why the hell not.
Three, visual workflow is a bit of a beast. It’s difficult to explain how you put a Flow together with text alone. By livestreaming it, people can watch and understand the process, and ask questions if they see something they don’t quite get.
- How do I do (X) in Visual Workflow?
Woah there, Silver. Save your questions for the livestream.
- How do I talk to you or ask questions once you’re streaming?
You’ll have to sign up for a justin.tv account, but once you do, you’ll be able to post in the Chat on the right side of the screen.
- Why so late at night?
Believe me, trying to livestream with a toddler demanding your attention is not really possible. Trust me when I say it’s best to wait until after her bedtime.
- If you’re doing your work live, doesn’t that put your company’s data at risk?
That’s why I’ll be working in a non-full sandbox. Cuz I’m smaahhht, see? Smaaahhht.
- Ok, Mr. Smarty-Pants, what if we see you doing something dumb in the livestream?
Oh, I’m definitely human. I make mistakes. If you see me doing something in Salesforce that you think would be better done in another way, or is something that is just plain stupid, call it out! Let me know! I’m a big boy, I can take it. Even the best have their off moments, and I’m not even the best, so I expect my off-moment quotient to be higher.