Tuesday, October 16, 2012

iPad Mini vs. Microsoft Surface Tablet

iPad Mini Release Date Confirmed Oct. 23 - Can Microsoft Surface Tablet, 32GB Google Nexus 7, Amazon Kindle Fire HD Compete? : Books : Books & Review:

Coming up real fun time for tablets...

October 23: Apple event, most likely to announce iPad Mini, 7.85"

October 25: Microsoft event, to release Surface tablet, 10"

pricing, @eweek Microsoft has finally announce pricing for Surface, that is similar to iPad.
32 GB surface is $499, same as 16 GB iPad, while 32 GB iPad is $599.
Surface with keyboard/cover is $599.

So, compared to HP TouchPad, Microsoft at least didn't "match" the price.
By this may not be enough to make it competitive...
Android tablets have attempted the same, with almost no success.

Apple is selling computing equivalent of Mercedes cars, meaning this is a luxury brand. Even Lexus started competing with price that was 2/3 of German cars... Only much later Japanese brands could compete on features, not only on price. Hyundai is now doing the same, 2/3 of the price for same features, at least until the brand is accepted. Microsoft is trying to sell "Cadillac", and most people expect a "Chevrolet"...

The Lean Startup: "Faster"

The Lean Startup | Methodology

A core component of Lean Startup methodology is the build-measure-learn feedback loop.

The first step is figuring out the problem that needs to be solved and then developing a
Minimum Viable Product (MVP) to begin the process of learning as quickly as possible.

Once the MVP is established, a startup can work on tuning the engine.
This will involve measurement and learning
and must include actionable metrics that can demonstrate cause and effect question.

@ Wikipedia

A minimum viable product (MVP) is the "version of a new product which allows a team to collect the maximum amount of validated learning about customers with the least effort." The goal of an MVP is to test fundamental business hypotheses (or leap-of-faith assumptions) and to help entrepreneurs begin the learning process as quickly as possible.

There is a well known practice called "Lean Manufacturing", that came from Toyota...

There is a trend to utilize same ideas in Lean Software Development

as well as in lean management