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Summer Camp Session - ABCs of Reading an Alteryx Workflow - Follow-Up Discussion Thread

14 - Magnetar
14 - Magnetar

Hello, Summer Camp ADAPT attendees!!


Just wanted to follow up with a quick recap of our "ABCs of Reading and Writing Alteryx Workflows" session from Summer Camp last week, on Monday June 8th.


Here are some key strategies you can take when building and understanding Alteryx workflows:

  • APPROACH - Take a strategic approach to your workflow, and make sure that you understand your inputs, outputs, and what needs to happen in between... as for the order of the middle, however, remember there is almost always more than 1 "right" way to build a workflow! As long as it gets you where you need to go, it doesn't matter if you took a "different" path to get there.
  • BUILDING BLOCKS - Dissect your big process into smaller pieces, allowing you to tackle large problems in a systematic, easier-to-understand way. Then, once you have solved all the little problems individually, stitch them together to create a single end-to-end solution!
  • CONTEXT CLUES Use documentation strategies such as Comments, Containers, and Annotations to leave yourself "clues" about what is happening in a workflow and why you have configured something in a certain way. If your workflow cannot explain itself, then you probably need to leave more clues!! This will help others understand your process, AND can help refresh your own memory when you come back to a workflow years after you first built it!


And a final word of advice - the only truly wrong way to build an Alteryx workflow is to never have built it at all There are SO MANY resources available through the Alteryx Community, specifically the Academy - so dig in, flex those fingers, and find those little solutions that you can put together to build a big, beautiful workflow!!


Feel free to use this thread for any follow-up discussion or questions you might have for me! I'm always excited to help new Alteryx wizards on their path to success.


Happy Alteryx-ing!



Nicole Johnson

Alteryx Certified Partner

Hi @NicoleJohnson ,


Your session was really good and interesting. I learned a lot on how to approach a new problematic and split it in blocks !


Thank you for this follow-up post !


Looking to more sessions from you !