Code is cheap: why good products matter more than ever
Generative AI tools like ChatGPT have transformed the landscape of product development seemingly overnight. They've made it easier and faster to convert ideas into products. But as tools help us write more code quicker, we need to keep our focus on building products that effectively address the actual needs of our users.
The power of AI in product development
ChatGPT is a powerful tool that can help developers and product teams turn ideas into reality quicker than before. Automating parts of the development process allows developers to focus on the meaningful aspects of their work and tackle impactful issues. In a world where writing code is becoming cheaper, the actual value remains in solving real user problems.
The key to success is (still) building good products
As generative AI tools like ChatGPT continue to improve, it becomes even more important for product teams to focus on creating products that address genuine user needs. This means that instead of getting distracted by how fast they can add more features nobody asked for, teams should prioritize understanding their users and discovering the problems that need solving. Focus on quality over quantity.
AI is a tool, not a human replacement
It's important to remember that AI is not a replacement for developers. But it will inevitably change the way developers work.
With AI tools like ChatGPT, developers can be more impactful by spending more time on the meaningful aspects of their work, such as creating innovative solutions to real-world problems.
I've lost count of how many side projects I've stopped working on because I got bogged down with the drudgery of project setup. With AI tools, I can generate most of the boilerplate needed in minutes and start building features that deliver user value quicker.
Entering the generative AI era with a user focus
As we enter the generative AI era, the key to success will continue to be identifying and focusing on good product ideas that address genuine user needs. AI tools like ChatGPT are here to help, but it's up to us to use them wisely and effectively to create products that truly make a difference.