The Dell XPS 13 laptop, developer edition began life as “Project Sputnik” a scrappy skunkworks project to pilot a developer-focused system.  It was made possible by an internal incubation fund designed to bring wacky ideas from around the company to life in order to tap innovation that might be locked up in people’s heads. 

From the start, the idea was to conduct project Sputnik out in the open, soliciting and leveraging direct input from developers via blogs and forums.  And why developers you may ask? Developers are one of IT’s most influential constituents and not a group Dell had focused on previously. 

So how did the project unfold?  Read on dear reader...