Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. Mahatma Gandhi
If you think you know enough to stop learning, you have more to learn than you think #HoskWisdom
I believe Dynamics 365 developers should get one certification each year, they don’t have to be Dynamics 365 certifications (scrum/.Net/Azure/Architecture) but if Dynamics 365 is your main tool you should have in-depth knowledge.
Why get certified?
I take the customisation and configuration certification for every release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM/365, this helps me keep up with the latest features added into Microsoft Dynamics 365 and refresh my knowledge on the other features I don’t use much.
To help me learn the information I create study notes which I share
The benefit of the certification isn’t the certification itself but the journey in studying for the certification. Certified have a broader and more in-depth knowledge of the out of the box functionality.
If you can use out of the box functionality, then you should use it #HoskWisdom
The more out of the box functionality you can use, the less code you have to maintain and integrate in a project.
You should use Dynamics 365 out of the box functionality because in theory it has been tested by Microsoft :–) #HoskCodeWisdom
Dynamics 365 developers often complain Microsoft uses customer as beta testers and sometimes functionality is rushed out and not fully finished. Microsoft will fix these problems and bugs in future releases, leaving you time to develop something else.
If you are still unconvinced read this
Make it easier
Developers believe they will pass the Dynamics 365 certifications easily because they use Dynamics 365 every day. Developers rarely use all the available features and not the new features (it takes time to work out their limitations and how to use them, not forgetting the first version doesn’t always work super well)
When you think you are an expert in something, you stop yourself learning more about it #HoskWisdom
Microsoft Dynamics 365 is evolving and it‘s best to keep up with it, studying for certifications set yourself a deadline to learn and test yourself.
I created pages on our internal Dynamics 365 team wiki with links to information to help study for Dynamics 365 certifications (online deployment and customisation). This allows people to get started and share their notes/information on the certifications.
Dynamics Learning Portal
The videos for the certifications on the Microsoft Dynamics Learning portal give you a good introduction to all the criteria of the certifications. If you combine these videos with making notes and trying out the functionality in Dynamics 365 then you have enough information to pass the certifications.
Neil Parkhurst has made a good revision guide but make sure you actively use the information by making your own notes and using Dynamics 365. The goal of certifications isn’t just to get certified it is to learn about Dynamics 365.
Dynamics 365 – MB2-715 – Microsoft Dynamics 365 customer engagement Online Deployment
- MB2-715 certification criteria
- Microsoft Dynamics 365 customer engagement Online Deployment MB2-715 Preparation Guide
- DLP Self study – 81071AE: Deployment for customer engagement in Microsoft Dynamics 365
- Neil Parkhurst – MB2-710 – Complete Revision Guide
MB2-716 – Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customization and Configuration
- Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customization and Configuration certification criteria
- Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customization and Configuration Certification Exam MB2-716 Preparation Guide
- MB2-712 – CRM 2016 customisation and configuration Hosk study notes
- Neil Parkhurst – MB2-712 (CRM 2016) Revision Guide
- DLP self paced learning – 81059: Customization in Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales and Customer Service
- DLP self paced learning – 81060: Configuration in Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales and Customer Service
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