I sat at the head of the table, an unconscious choice. I wasn’t feeling powerful. In fact, I was intimidated. It was my first time in this type of event planning meeting, and the chairperson was efficient and poised. I sat quietly, taking notes, until I heard these words: “We need someone to do the lane matching.” I burst out, “Oh, I want to do that! I’ll put it in Salesforce and write an algorithm. It’ll be fun!” I was soooo wrong.
The event was Mother-Son Bowling, and I was in a meeting with PTA volunteers and the PTA co-chair. I was trying to be a good parent and participate at my son’s school. I thought that matching families that wanted to bowl together was an easy way to add value. It was a technical task, not organizational, so it played to my strengths. In the end, it was fun (mostly), but also really hard. And, well, I did it wrong.
I’ll tell you that story, but first I want to give you the chance to write the algorithm yourself. Today, I outsourced the challenge on TopCoder, and you can win some $$$ if you solve it! It includes the data model as an AppExchange package and all of the detailed requirements.
Who’s in? Trust me, it’ll be fun!
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