Book – Lean Startup

Very insightful book!  The book is beneficial not only for the actual startup, but for any organization that is trying to innovate in general.  My guess the title could be something around: the effective methods of handling innovation in a competitive and constantly changing business environment.  However, it would not look as good 🙂

The most interesting points:

  • Minimal viable product.  Any innovation need to go through a process of testing of the “product” deem to be beneficial for the customers.  This process can be speed up if minimally viable product is produced, tested in the target market, evaluated an measured for its business effectiveness, and adjusted as quickly as possible.  This approach helps eliminate creation of an elaborate final product customers would not find useful.
  • “Efficiency” understanding from functional perspective.  A programmer would feel more satisfied with his or her work if the work day is mostly available for coding.  Meetings and evaluations seem destructive and imply inefficiency.  However, from the business perspective, the most important is the end result.  It is not the inefficiency of work, but working on the wrong thing.  (This point is somewhat similar to the theory of constraints – the goal is not keep an expensive piece of equipment working, but satisfying customer needs.)

Additional resources are available at Lean Startup site.

UXPA – Microsoft’s Windows 8 Design & User Experience

Interesting presentation.  It highlighted my own brand loyalty to Apple for tablets and phones (I am a PC for a… hm… computers).  Seeing Windows on a tablet was rather strange  🙂

Windows 8 highlights were associated with “personal” tasks – sharing with friends, booking a flight, arranging and finding images, etc.  I wished to see more on integration with Microsoft office – how it can help me with my work tasks.  True, once in a while I work on my Twitter and Pinterest while I eat my lunch, but PPT and Outlook take dis-proportionally more of my time at work.

Points from the presentation:

  • Microsoft is trying to make Windows 8 as intuitive as possible
  • Windows 8 are designed to provide similar experience on computer, tablet, and phone
  • Visual elements are based on Swiss style of design
  • Cultural simplification – attempt to remove as many elements as possible
  • Bauhaus design influence – leaving only essential elements

Is Microsoft trying to make Windows 8 useful “for everything”?  Maybe.  Will be interesting to see how Windows 8 will come to the office.