Building a Product? Always Strive for the 'Right' Execution

2023-03-12 by Hisam Fahri

What is a Product?

Whether you are a startup founder, enterpreneur, engineer, or anything similiar you might find yourself in a process of building something (in this case, let's call it as a product). If you want to take it further and be much more phylosophical in this case, you can include something like improving your skills, building a realtionships, or even fixing a broken roof in your house as a product.

But, for simplicity sake let's focusing our context to a Software product.

The Nightmare of the Problem Solver

No matter what's your reason on building a product (money, self fullfillment, fun), having the right execution is the key.

I've seen enough cases where building a great things in a wrong way can messed up the end products and eventually destroy the product and its vision. A lot of people tend to forget that the building process (execution process) of building a product itself is a one of the most curcial process.

The product itself might have a great vision, exactly pinpoint and addressing its user's problems. But if the execution of building that solution is a mess, the user will ended up in a whole other stack of problem: your product itself.

So, What is the 'Right' Way?

Okay, let's assume you have the problem and you know how to address and solve that problem. Now you need to validate yout problem and solution by building a product in this case.

To build a product the 'Right' way, basicaly all you need is a great creator and user experiences. That's it, as simple as that.

Great Creator Experience

Building a product is hard. But you, as the creator, should enjoy it. If you don't enjoy, how the user will enjoy your product later on.

In case of a software product, choosing the stack you and your team love and familiar, have everything structured, designed, and managed properly, will greatly improve your creation experiences.

I've seen so much people ended up not delivering their product just because they don't enjoy the building process by using weird and unnecessary technologies "just because everyone use it".

If your product's stage is still is in an MVP stage, this creator experience thing becomes even much more important. Why? because you need to iterate so much. I never said that you should overengineered and made your product really overkill, or in the other hand even underkill in the MVP stages (or any stage in that matter), all you need is that sweet spot.

If using Google Sheet as your backend to serve millions of users is your sweet spot, go for it.

Great User Experience

This part is what often boils me so much. A lot of people sacrificing the user experience so much in the name of: Hey, my product is just in an MVP stage.

No matter what stages your product is, if the user's experience of using your product itself is a hell, then your product is bound to fail.

Great user's experience here is not that your product must be very well designed, there are teams of UX researcher spending the majority of your budget for this MVP, no. In fact it's is the opposite.

You as the product builder (the problem solver) need to always make sure that your product is always aligned with user's need. Your product need to exactly hitting the painpoint of the user. AND, your user can easily identify the value of you and your product.


In the end, every choice is up to you as the creator. What I can say is that you need to always put the user's need first. Thank you. :)