Why you should develop only features requested by the users — Our Case Study

Domenico Gagliardi
4 min readMay 13

Hello everyone! I’m Domenico, and I’m writing this article related to one of my 2 side projects: recapiogpt.com!

Today I’m going to show you why you should only build features requested by the users, and how you can do that in a very efficient way.

Why you should NOT develop features driven by your sentiment

In today’s fast-paced digital world, businesses are constantly striving to deliver the best products and services to their customers. When it comes to software development, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of creating new features and functionalities.

However, a successful product is not just about incorporating the latest technologies or following the trends. It’s about understanding and fulfilling the needs of your users. In this article, I will explore the case study of RecapioGPT, an AI tool for summaries, and why we chose to develop features solely based on user requests from our public roadmap.

RecapioGPT is a revolutionary AI-powered tool designed to help users generate concise and accurate summaries of various types of content. With the ability to process large volumes of information and distill it into key points, RecapioGPT offers a valuable solution for individuals and businesses alike. At RecapioGPT we understood that to build a truly successful product, we needed to prioritize our users’ needs and preferences.

An example?

After our first MVP, we decided to launch a feature that was not requested. We just launched it because we “believed” that the feature could be interesting to users, and could engage more and more our users. We introduced a sharing feature: then a user could share the summary with friends and the community. Do you want to know how many people are using it? See the data.

Nobody is using it. During the last 30 days, only 44 actions were involved in the sharing section (and we have more than 1k users). Well, this is an example of why you should not develop features that are not requested because you can spend a lot of time for nothing.

How you can develop interesting features users are

Domenico Gagliardi

SaaS Entrepreneur | Business Analyst | 5x Exit | Building Products for fun: https://iworkedon.com/@dg

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