This is my Fifth blog post as part of the series of articles I am writing called “MVP Vibes”.
MVP Program by Salesforce include so many benefits, where it sounds so awesome, becoming MVP is not that easy, it takes continues contribution in Salesforce Community and real-time efforts.
Salesforce MVP is the one who guides community and recognizes for their Passion, Integrity, Knowledge, Courage, Vision, and Awesomeness.
Today I am introducing one of our new WINTER 2017 MVP
How did you start your Journey?
My first contact with Salesforce was Symantec’s global roll-out in 2005. My first contact with the community was a year later when I joined a group of people and co-founded the first user group in Europe: the London User Group.
Fast forward to 2013 when I joined the London developer group. The organisers were so friendly that not only did I come back every month to learn more but I also developed new friendships which were important to me considering that I had left my friends in France. Then, in 2015, Antonina Romanova was looking for help to start a new DG in Reading, and I jumped in as a way to give back to the community.
How do you feel?
First of all, being named an MVP was a huge and pleasant surprise for me. I’ll always remember, receiving this email from Holly Firestone on February the 28th, 2017…
Now that the news has sunk in, I still find it humbling to be part of a family of such talented individuals. It’s also a little pressuring because you naturally feel compelled to rise to the challenge of honouring your fellow MVPs.
What have you been working on?
There are two parts of it:
Phase 1 is about reducing the number of manual tasks when deploying with change sets. This phase is crowdsourced.
Phase 2 is about improving the user interface essentially based on high-scorer ideas found in the IdeaExchange.
Phase 1 is currently live, and anybody can join the success community to help us listing the configuration tasks that can’t be deployed via Change Set. Manual tasks are not only a burden but also a risk of misconfiguration in Production. When done with this list, we’ll share it with Salesforce.
When you first got involved in Community?
As I said, I first got involved in 2005, but actually started to put my weight on it ten years later! That was the time when I repurposed my Cloud Computing blog to focus on Salesforce (https://saas-components.com), I co-organised the Developer Group in Reading in the UK (https://www.meetup.com/Thames-Valley-Salesforce-Developers/) and started public speaking gigs (https://www.slideshare.net/fcathala).
I have to say that I was inspired in multiple ways by some of the community champions that I consider today as my roles models: Keir Bowden aka Bob Buzzard, Mike Gerhold, Wes Nolte, Jeff Douglas and Steve Molis aka SteveMo.
What do you find most challenging after becoming MVP?
Things are not more challenging after becoming an MVP. In the opposite, I’d say they’re getting easier since doors tend to open quicker. It’s just that you get more requests for help of all sorts, AppExchange reviews and so on. It’s fine since MVPs are a helpful bunch by definition, but you need to manage your time and avoid spreading yourself too thin.
What can Community Expect from their MVP?
I’m preparing a presentation for India Dreamin held in Noida on Saturday, September the 30th (http://www.indiadreamin.in/). I also have a new interest in WIT and equality in the workplace. I was lucky to have a great clarification of the topic by Louise Lockie at Dreamforce 16 and am now raring to help one way or the other. I’m researching what should that way be…
I Hope you liked my blog post as part of the series of articles I am writing called “MVP Vibes”.
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If you also want to share your experience with Salesforce Community, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
I will be introducing other ambassadors soon and will be sharing their stories too.