Why PM's should learn No-code

Hello folks: after a brief hiatus, we are back with the TPF weekly AMA series! This week, we were glad to welcome Kavir Kaycee, Senior Product Manager at Bord.

Kavir is an ISB post graduate. He has worked as a Senior Product Manager at Cardekho.com where he built a suite of products to streamline the used Car Loans business. He was the co-founder of Quantum Careers and is now working as a Senior Product Manager at Bord.

Kavir has diverse skill sets in the fields of marketing, design, technology and business that he has obtained in his professional endeavors and education. 

So, let us jump straight into it:

No Code Tools 

The AMA had a lot of questions revolving around no code tools and discussions about the importance of validating an MVP before transitioning to code.

Here is what Kavir had to say about such questions:

No code tools’ importance: Kavir believes that no code tools have evolved to handle full stack capabilities and help in validating the MVP for the market fit. Shoutout, by his friend, went from being built on Bubble, a no code platform, to being built in React after hitting its product market fit.

Approach to build products through No code tools: Kavir approaches products on No code tools like building startups. Starting from understanding the problem to understanding the user base to building and iterating.

Storing User Details: Kavir shared that no code tools can be linked to databases either in Google Sheets or Airtable and information about users’ actions can be easily tracked.

Challenges in No Code:  No code tools have a steeper learning curve than other tools so one might face challenges in evaluating the time investment required to learn it.

Communities around No Code:

  • 100 days of no code
  • On Deck
  • Twitter

No Code vs Developers:

Kavir shared that to consider dilemmas about choosing a developer vs No code, one should take the following factors into account:

  • Budget constraints
  • Accessibility to a good developer
  • Iterations required to validate the MVP
  • Partnership/outsourcing agreement and terms and incentives for the coder
  • Speed to market

Will No code tools replace developers?

Kavir thinks no-code will replace developers at the lower end of technology. One no longer needs a developer for a static or even a slightly dynamic website, he believes no-code over time will get more powerful and customizable to take up part of the lower end of SaaS and other apps too, leaving more developers to start focusing on tougher problems like AI or building web3 products on the blockchain.

Favourite No Code Tools: 

  • Bubble -  This tool can be used for web apps that have greater functionality and a lot of inputs and outputs.
  • Carrd - This tool can be used for simple landing pages.
  • Glide - This tool can be used for web apps that have greater functionality.

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