Jessie joined Salesforce.org in 2018 to give introductory webinars to nonprofit customers. She now is a Senior Solution Developer supporting nonprofits and education customers at Salesforce. All opinions expressed on this blog are her own or those of the contributors. She's spent 17 years more or less in CRMs and databases, but didn't meet Salesforce until 2011. Jessie co-led the Seattle Salesforce Nonprofit User Group in 2015-2016. She wrote a sh*tty first draft of a novel and hopes to turn it into a screenplay!
Learning how to build a Flow is like interacting with a volunteer who…needs some extra help. Through these videos, I explain some of the trickier flow concepts for admins: “get records” and “record variables.” I was lucky enough to give his presentation at Dreamforce 2019.
Good news: in this version I have unlimited time so I’ve shown all the steps in detail.
More good news: this presentation doesn’t actually utilize anything specific to nonprofits so it’s suitable for you Sales Cloud folks as well.
Wednesday, 12pm Westin St. Francis with Salesforce.org staff Jessie Rymph
Flow is a powerful automation tool that walks users through screens, updates multiple objects at once, and reaches distantly related records all with clicks-not-code. By learning Flow, nonprofits can surpass the limitations of Process Builder and harness the power of code without actually having a developer on staff. In this session, we’ll demystify record variables, “get records”, and other elements that are often unfamiliar to non-coders. Participants will walk away with an understanding of the *why* behind each step in the flow creation process!
Thursday, 11:30am Moscone West with MVP Maya Peterson
One process to rule them all, one process to find them, one process to bring them all and in the invocation bind them. As a best practice Salesforce now recommends restricting your org to one record-change process per object. Truly a tool of great power. In this session you’ll learn tricks to manage process criteria nodes using Custom Metadata Types, Custom Settings, and Custom Permissions. No harrowing trip to Mount Doom required.
Oh man…so much good stuff in the new release. And a real bummer.
Add a lookup component in Flow
I’m really disappointed about this. I was confusing “lookup” with “search.” I want to search for any record I want and get a list returned. Nope. I can search using any lookup field I already have. This is good, but not quite what I was thinking.
Unsatisfying use case : A dog turned in at the animal shelter has a microchip number (text field) which I want to use to search for potentially matching dogs. I want to look up a dog in my flow then process their intake at the shelter.
Possible solution: I could do this if I had the microchip number in the name of animal, like Bailey 238392, and I looked it up to the animal record from say, an adoption record. It has to already be a lookup field.
Satisfying use case: Let’s say I am processing an animal record for adoption. From the animal’s record, I can lookup the Contact record of the person who is adopting the animal as part of my animal adoption flow.
Note: you can do a work around for this kind of search. Thanks Jenwlee.
UPDATE 6/13: Thank you everyone for your interest in this solution! I am working on adding it to the AppExchange through Salesforce labs!
At TrailheaDX I ran around like a bird for a video with Einstein and Astro. I also facilitated a lively Circle of Success (small group conversation) on Process Automation. Everyone shared their best practices, asked questions and learned from each other. The admins’ orgs ranged from a 10-free-licenses nonprofit to a giant health insurance company, and years of experience from 0 to 10 (not me! I’m at 8, I think).
One guy (and I’m so sorry I don’t have his name) asked:
“Is there any way to track how often your automation fires?”
That got us thinking. What if you could find out:
How much time am I saving with this automation?
How many times has this process ever fired?
Was the time I spent building this thing worth the investment?
Both years I’ve attended NPSP we’ve had incredible weather so the idea of a unhandled sunshine error is not applicable to this magical day.
MOOD of the room: Excited, happy, energized, grateful to be part of this amazing supportive community.
KUDOS: Ryan Ozimek and Katie Fadden are delightful facilitators! Megan and everyone at 501 Commons pulled this off flawlessly the day after Give Big! Congrats to Crystal on the birth of her new baby girl! So much !!!
STRAIGHT TALK: In this segment of the programming, we brought the elephant to the center of the room and talked about the .org acquisition. As a .org employee, I just want to make it clear that the opinions below are those of other folks who attended, some of which I might share, but they by no means reflect any official stance of Salesforce:
We want .org or .com to say “IT’S GOING TO BE OKAY. YOU DON’T NEED TO WORRY.”
Samantha C. asked in the Power of Us Hub: “Does anyone know if you can track meetings with salesforce? We are looking to track our meetings and add a few bullet points about those meetings so we can look back and see where something left off.” And I was curious how it could be done. Here’s the answer in Lightning. Continue reading Attach Meeting Notes on Events
Sometimes as a Salesforce admin I’ve been asked to do things which just seem ridiculously old school, not very efficient and may involve actual paper. When I cannot convince someone to click through a few screens, instead of printing or having an email sent to them, it gets my admin panties all in a bunch. (Wouldn’t that be cool, to have actual admin panties?!)
But when working with a nonprofit, you gotta just let it go. And that is how this printable donor profile came into being.
My pro bono client: The Cedar River Clinics, which are fantastic, independent reproductive & LGBTQ health clinics in Renton, Seattle, and Tacoma.
My task: Create a one-page document with important donor information. The development director will print the doc and hand it to the executive director to review before she calls a major donor. Continue reading Printable Donor Profile