If you’re involved in any part of the process of building a new Salesforce system, you are an artist. And every piece of art is built bit by bit, stroke by stroke. This week, I bring you the first in our series of Dreamforce Tips – taking a phased approach. This was the most common answer I got when I asked Salesforce employees for their #1 tip for customers. Trying to build a state of the art system on day 1 is risky business. You’re safer starting small, building a good foundation, putting it together piece by piece, mapping out the right configuration over time. One of the best discussions I’ve heard on taking a phased approach in building a system comes from Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George, so I’ll let the artist tell you how to make a piece of art.
“Bit by bit, putting it together. Piece by piece, only way to make a work of art… Having just a vision’s no solution, everything depends on execution. Putting it together, that’s what counts. Small amounts adding up to make a work of art. First of all, you need a good foundation, otherwise it’s risky from the start… Drink by drink, fixing and perfecting the design… Every minor detail is a major decision. Have to keep things to scale. Have to hold to your vision… Mapping out the right configuration, starting with a suitable foundation.” And that’s how to build a state of the art new system!
-Jared and the Salesforce Guys
Dreamforce Sock Update:
The Dreamforce Socks are coming along swimmingly! I’m about 1/3 of the way through the foot and already in love with the yarn. These are going to be comfy! Hoping to turn the heels in the next week or so. Stay tuned as this story develops.