Dealing with critical piece of the CTA board – Q&A

Join us in our next session to learn about the Complexity of the Q&A in CTA Exam. In this session, Praneel PIDIKITI will talk about how he deal with a critical piece of the CTA board – Q&A.

If you are new to CTA Journey, please check our last session, How to Prepare for the Salesforce Technical Architect exam, and deep dive into #JourneyToCTA with key tips.

Why is Q&A critical in a Review Board

  • Q&A is the last stage in the review board you will be confronting after 4+ hours of intense working
  • This is when Judges actively participate in a conversation with you
  • This is the last opportunity to fill the gaps in the overall solution
  • Only a finite number of questions to cover the complete scenario
  • Different possibilities need different approaches
    • Solution is invalid
    • Missed a requirement / haven’t covered it because of time constraint
    • The solution is Suboptimal.
    • The solution is Optimal, But the rationale is missing.
    • A change of one solution/data model made another solution invalid.

Required Skills / Approaches

My Experience dealing with Q&A

  • Everything is interlinked
    • The right Approach to Preparation helps your Presentation and Q&A
    • The right Approach to Presentation helps your Q&A
  • Try to cover as many details as possible in your artifact details and the presentation narrative to completely cover the section requirements. So that we
  • can avoid any specific questions in the relevant sections
  • Build a mental map of the dependencies and the solutions
  • Minimize the unexpected/unknown.
  • Pay special attention to the critical requirements.
  • Judges are there to help us.

Key Takeaways

  • Improve Overall Salesforce knowledge
    • Frequent assessments to find the weak areas
  • Practical experience will help
  • Get comfortable with the data model changes during the Q&A
  • Avoid the snowball Effect & domino effect
  • Understand why and what was being asked before answering
  • Improve muscle memory for Q&A, make them as a reflex
    • Practice Flashcards every day
    • Practice OAuth flows and integration patterns
    • Cheat Sheets
  • Practice section-based grilling sessions with study buddies.

Three Questions

  1. How deep/detailed should my answers be?
  2. Can I skip a question?
  3. Can some sections be covered without a need for questions in a
  4. Q&A ?

Dealing with critical piece of the CTA board – Q&A

Here is the agenda of the session

  1. Why is Q&A Critical in a Review Board
  2. Required Skills / Approaches
  3. My experience dealing with Q&A
  4. Key takeaways
  5. Q&A about Q&A

CTA board – Q&A Recording

YouTube video
Date: SAT Feb 06, 2021, 10:00 AM EST (8:30 PM IST )
Speaker  : Praneel PIDIKITI (#CTA)

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Further Learning

Amit Chaudhary
Amit Chaudhary

Amit Chaudhary is Salesforce Application & System Architect and working on Salesforce Platform since 2010. He is Salesforce MVP since 2017 and have 17 Salesforce Certificates.

He is a active blogger and founder of Apex Hours.

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