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

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

If you are new for CTA Journey then please check our last session How to prepare for 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 finite number of questions to cover the complete scenario
  • Different possibilities need different approaches
    • Solution is invalid
    • Missed a requirement / havent covered it because of time constraint
    • Solution is Sub optimal
    • Solution is Optimal, But rational is missing
    • Change of one solution / data model made another solution invalid

Required Skills / Approaches

My Experience dealing with Q&A

  • Everything is interlinked
    • Right Approach of Preparation helps your Presentation and Q&A
    • Right Approach of Presentation helps your Q&A
  • Try to cover as much details as possible in your artefact details and in the presentation narrative to cover the section requirements completely. So that we
  • can avoid any specific questions in the relevant sections
  • Build a mental map of the dependencies and the solutions
  • Minimise 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 snowball Effect & Dominos 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 with out a need for questions in a
  4. Q&A ?


Here is agenda of 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


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

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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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