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Agile Team Dynamics

what is agile team dynamics

On Agile Teams, our utmost priority is to gratify the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable output. Share the minimum viable product, seek Feedback and implement the changes, that’s the cycle through which the product moves and improves to fulfill the customers’ requirements. Continue reading

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Agile Vs Traditional HR practices

Word “Agile” has become a buzzword. Agility as a concept has been talked about from beginning of this century. This was more in relation to software programming. Agility in management is now become a global phenomenon. This is a global movement entirely transforming the “world of work” that includes HR and transforming it into Agile HR.

Agility

Agile HR is the capability of the HR function to respond proactively to changing expectations, workplace disruptions and business requirements. We could sum up Agile HR as Adaptable, Transparent, Simple and United.

  • Adaptable: Adaptability is important in the face of ever-changing business needs and requirement.
  • Transparent: Transparency is important in gathering the trust of managers and employees, as well explaining why things must be done in a certain manner.
  • Simple: Simplicity is when designing HR programs and practices that does not cause any confusions, alienate managers and employees.
  • United: Unity applies with respect to HR working together and ensuring it isn’t working in silos or at cross purposes with the business.

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Working with Salesforce Account Teams

In Salesforce, Account team is a group/team of users working together on an account, making tracking of collaboration on account easier. Suppose there is a team of people working on an Application say ‘ProjectBuilder’. This team contains developers, team lead, project manager, delivery manager, Sales Manager, Executive Sponsor. Now each of the team member has a role to play. Developer is responsible for developing the application, team lead is responsible for managing the developer, project manager is responsible for planning and monitoring of the project., and the delivery manager is responsible for the timely and accurate delivery of the application, sales manager is responsible to reach the established sales target and executive sponsor is responsible to project aligned with organization’s strategy. Now the account is ProjectBuilder and developer, team lead, project manager, delivery manager. Sales Manager and Executive Sponsor are the users. To track the progress of the team of users both the internal and the partner user, Account Team concept is used.

Use of Account Team

Using Account team, we can grant access to account and their related contacts, cases and opportunities. Account team is good to use in private sharing model where users cannot see/edit other accounts. We can include any set of roles in account team and can assign a user to every role who will then be part of the account team and will be responsible for the account. We can use a member of the Account Team to:

  • Identify responsible people on an account and contact them.
  • Assign role-specific tasks on the account.
  • Using account role, send campaigns on an account team member’s behalf

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Integration with Salesforce Lightning External Services

Nowadays there is an API Integration in almost every org. The main purpose of integration with another service is to avoid reinventing the wheel. However, the development effort that is required to integrate with services is a complex and time-consuming venture. It reduces speed to market, but it also saps developer energy that is better spent in the front end, building the features that will really differentiate their app. With Lightning External Services, Salesforce makes this a lot easier and admin friendly.

With external services you can connect to any service that you want to, invoke methods based on the external source via a flow all with the help of an easy-to-use wizard. Declarative tools are used to import API definitions right into Salesforce. Swagger or Interagent-based API definitions can be used to define an external service. Once the definitions have been imported, you can create lightning flows which will invoke actions generated from the API definition schema. Below is a depiction of how external services works.

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Artificial Intelligence powered HR Automation in Workplace

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been changing our lives for decades, but today its presence is bigger than ever before.  AI has powered HR automation. Human resource processes plays vital role in every company. Whether its recruitment, onboarding process, training, learning & development. Artificial Intelligence is entering the HR space, and very soon everything that can be automated, will be automated.

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Predicting Success of your Salesforce Development Project

Can you really predict the success of your Salesforce Development /Integration project with a high degree of confidence at the beginning of your project?

The answer is No!

But you can rate your people, process and tools that are required for success and use that to predict success with a ‘good enough’ confidence level.

Salesforce lightning

Pillars of Salesforce Development Project success.

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A Primer in Software Testing

Software testing is a field that gained currency in the late 90s and ’00s for different reasons. As people moved from client-server to web applications, it got a new life as software systems will behave differently. Software testing was re-invigorated with Web 2.0. Subsequently, it was in focus again with mobile applications and tailoring user experience for mobile devices. Lately, focus on software testing is again on the go with new architectural patterns including micro services architecture. Model-driven testing and behavior-driven development have been other testing approaches that have influenced the overall industry. Today, cloud-based applications (such as Salesforce) that can scale on-demand and cloud-based storage are in vogue; these require not-so-different test practices. Continue reading

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7 Ways Technology is Changing the Face of Treatment Centers

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Technology has provided healthcare many breakthroughs in recent years and Salesforce has been at the forefront of that. So if this is the case why are most treatment centers still so far behind. Everyday people are scouring the internet trying to find a great place to recover from the diseases of Mental Health and Addiction. It’s estimated that over 20 million Americans over the age of 12 have an addiction. Many treatment centers lack the basic tools needed to be able to serve these patients with the care they need. As a consulting partner for Salesforce we have seen technology changing the face of Treatment Centers. Technology is providing treatment centers with the advanced tools needed to navigate the ever changing landscape. We’re going to outline 7 ways that technology is changing the face of treatment centers.

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1. The addition of a CRM or Patient Relationship Management platform to the contact center is the number one way to better serving your patients. We have seen organizations taking notes on note pads or using excel to track patient calls. This is a major problem, in my experience working in a very busy Contact Center even your very best admissions representative will miss a follow up. Also in my experience, as a recovering alcoholic with almost 7 years of sobriety, I know that when I was ready to get help patience was not one of my strongest areas. So timely follow ups and the ability to take a call from beginning to end without hanging up the phone has resulted in a 35% increase in patient admissions based on case studies we have conducted.
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Salesforce Implementation Using Agile Scrum Process

 

 

Agile SalesforceWith having being part of 5 Salesforce Sales and Service cloud implementation projects I have realized that customizing the platform to the client’s need is not challenging but the build up to the production release and approach that the integrator adopts to, makes all the difference to have delighted project sponsors and end users. The implementation that I am considering for the scope of this article can range anywhere between 6 to 16 weeks depending on the complexity of Salesforce lightning components, number of external interfaces involved for integration with Salesforce and the number of clouds being rolled out (most common are Sales Cloud, Service Cloud or Community Cloud).

We can have varied school of thoughts on how to plan for such small duration projects; should it be a complete roll out of all features or an Agile Development approach where even a 6-week project is divided into 3 sprints of 2 weeks each. With my experience, I can safely say that breaking into multiple sprints will allow everyone to gain a lot more value out of the project as the lightning components and interface integration will evolve with regular feedback from the client. My team scored an average CSAT rating of 9 for the projects we have delivered in the last 1 year. Now let’s take a closer look at the key processes and scrum ceremonies one needs to follow that make the process truly Agile. Please note that one consultant will play the role of PO, Scrum Master and Project Manager because that helps to have full visibility and control on the timelines for the cloud implementation.

  • Requirement Discovery Sessions – This is the foundation stone and often referred to as sprint 0 for the project and generally ranges anywhere from 3 to 5 days of dedicated meetings and workshop at the client side sitting, discussing and brain storming the needs of the end users. The consultant running the workshop as a pre-requisite should have basic knowledge of the CRM domain, good understanding of the Salesforce Sales cloud, Service cloud or Community cloud and basic idea about the client’s industry will be an added advantage. The sessions are facilitated with flip charts, white boards and process maps. The consultant should constantly ask the question ‘Why’ to the customer team to understand the pain point before advising and concluding any solution to the customer. This will be a good place to define if any REST/SOAP based Salesforce Integration will be needed or not.

 

  • Define Stories in Jira or tool of your choice- Immediately after the workshops are concluded the consultant should start to document the discussed features with peripheral details into any tool like Jira and define the narrative and acceptance criteria on these stories. Even if the name of the feature is only added, more details can be added later.

 

  • Point Sizing and Team Strength – The PO/Project Manager who facilitated the discovery session needs to competent enough on Salesforce platform to provide the points in a Fibonacci series (1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21) to each of the story put it into Jira. Based on the total points and agreed upon schedule with client the PO decides on the number of Engineers needed for the whole work. This is typically done by doing a mock/draft release planning with a technical lead and PO making a guess on how many points an engineer can deliver. This part of the project gets better only with practice and experience that you gain in at least two rollouts.

 

  • Backlog Grooming – This is an ongoing ceremony for the Agile team. We typically spend 60-90 minutes/week for a SCRUM team of 5 to 6 members including developer and quality assurance. The PM/BA   puts on the hat of a PO and interacts with the agile team and grooms into each requirement in detail and updates the story with acceptance criteria. The team agrees upon the scope of the stories and call them as ready for development. The grooming sessions are also used to decide on the technical solution to achieve the requirement the decision of configuration versus customization is decided now. It will be beneficial to have an Salesforce architect involved in the session so that the engineers don’t overkill the system with excess of apex coding like triggers, batch classes and rely on configurations as much as possible.

 

  • Sprint Planning – This again is an ongoing ceremony that happens at a cadence. Engineers pick up stories as per their understanding and add to the sprint. The assignment of stories should be done with everyone’s consensus considering the engineer’s experience and story complexity.

 

  • Sprint Demo and Retrospective – This phase utilizes the maximum benefit out of Agile Development for Salesforce clouds. The demo is organized by the PO to the stakeholders like the client’s functional users and project sponsor and get their feedback early and if needed changes can be implemented in the next sprint. This helps the client to have focus throughout the project and hedges the integrator’s risk towards any possible changes coming after all work is done.

 

I would like to summarize by saying that any process can be used to deliver the same set of things but keep in mind that you need to Adopt a process, Customize the process and finally accept and embrace the process so that you believe in it to ensure your client and team stand with you even if there are some challenges thrown your way in the implementation. Finally, don’t forget to have some fun in this journey.

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Sales and Marketing Automation for Addiction Treatment, Part 1

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Have you ever sat wondering if you had followed up with everyone you were supposed to talk to today? Or managed a team and wondered if they were following through? These questions plague most sales driven businesses daily, but to Addiction Treatment Centers this could mean that someone’s life is on the line.

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