In this episode of Salesforce Trails and Trials, hosts Jon Cline and Erik Yewell talk about the potential impacts of making a field required. They also get inspired by quiet warriors and pay-it-forward at the drive thru, plus homemade pizza and rent all the things.

Jon Cline has been working in IT since 1998 and is a very curious person. Erik has been in IT for 23 years and done just about everything you can imagine. Together, they’re never bored.

Lately, Jon learned about Quickbooks and Salesforce integrations while Erik took a vacation. He used Atlas Obscura to find some places to visit, including Joshua Tree National Park and the Salton Sea.

This episode’s one small thing is the potential impact of making a field required. There are a few ways you can make a field required in Salesforce, and they have unexpected consequences. If existing data doesn’t have that field, suddenly all that data can be locked from future changes because the field has to be filled in before it can be saved again. It can create a cascade of problems that won’t show up right away and will be hard to track down. A good practice is to regularly review what changes are being made and avoid accumulating that technical debt.


  • Local rentals, including private pools, storage, event space, tools, cars, and office space.
  • Erik talked about visiting a drive thru restaurant and having the person ahead of him pay for his meal so he paid for the person behind him in a pay-it-forward deal. A similar thing happens with “Caffè Sospeso” in Italy. Bonus links: A Minnesota radio station does something similar with their Drive Thru Difference. Another example featured a chain of 900 people at a Dairy Queen in Minnesota.
  • Jon reflected on a neighbor fighting a brain tumor during a pandemic and all the quiet warriors out there struggling with something monumental that we never see.
  • Erik brought in a chef to teach his team some pizza techniques over Zoom. Here are some of the results: