The Four People Addicting You to Technology

Nir Eyal

Recently, the Pokemon Go phenomenon has reigniting the question of technology’s role in changing behavior. To put things in perspective, I wanted to share the main points of an article I published on the topic titled, Who’s Really Addicting Us to Technology?, The post The Four People Addicting You to Technology appeared first on Nir and Far. Putting Technology In Its Place addiction bad habits distraction Facebook Habits technology triggers

What is a technology roadmap, really?


One of the most popular roadmaps in our template library is the technology roadmap. Now, ‘technology” is kind of a loosey-goosey moniker—but the ambiguity is a result of its broad application (and this broad application also happens to be why this roadmap is so popular).

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The Unbelievable Future of Habit-Forming Technology

Nir Eyal

In this interview with Max Ogles, McGonigal discusses impact of future technologies on behavior, habits, and the way […]. The post The Unbelievable Future of Habit-Forming Technology appeared first on Nir and Far. Nir’s Note: Jane McGonigal is a game designer at The Institute for the Future and bestselling author of Reality is Broken and SuperBetter. She’ll be speaking at the upcoming Habit Summit in April. You can register here!)

How to Build Technology that Feels Like a Friend

Nir Eyal

The post How to Build Technology that Feels Like a Friend appeared first on Nir and Far. It’s impossible to ignore all the buzz about AI bots. Last month, Facebook’s David Marcus announced that over 30,000 bots have been built since the opening of its Messenger app to bot developers in April. Other companies like Google, Amazon, and Slack are welcoming bot-building developers to their platforms with open arms.

Technology is Distracting and Addictive. Here’s How to Fix It. (Video)

Nir Eyal

Our personal technology is becoming more pervasive and persuasive. Instead of offering another knee-jerk reaction, here’s my take on the perils and promise of persuasive technology. The post Technology is Distracting and Addictive. Designing Ethically Putting Technology In Its Place ethics Persuasive technologyCritics claim it is addictive, irresistible, and hijacking our brain.

Your World is Full of Placebo Buttons (and That’s a Good Thing)

Nir Eyal

The fundamental reason we use technology of all sorts, from stone tools to the latest iPhone, is to make us feel better. Building Better Products Triggers That Move People emotion placebo technology UXAll products and services, everything we buy and use, have but one job—to modulate our mood. To prove the point, consider how perception of relief is tantamount to actual relief. Consider the so-called placebo […].

Technology-Powered Disruption


While my focus is primarily on technology-powered software products, services and devices, I’m also very interested to find other industries where the techniques of modern product are used to disrupt their spaces. Of all the amazing technology achievements of the past decades, I personally find this one the most impressive. Most people by now have read Marc Andreessen’s Why Software Is Eating The World.

How to Stay Informed Without Losing Your Mind

Nir Eyal

Putting Technology In Its Place Upgrading Yourself distraction news technology triggers unhookedAround the election, in a desperate search for answers about our nation’s future, I found myself scrolling, reading, and watching everything I could. I was trapped in an endless pull-to-refresh cycle of consuming more news, tweets, posts, and videos than was good for me. I told myself that I was staying informed, that this was […].

3 Pillars of the Most Successful Tech Products

Nir Eyal

Building Better Products How to Start-Up engagement startup technologyIf you’ve started a tech company to make a lot of money, chances are you’re bad at math—or simply delusional. Statistically speaking, your odds of a big-time payday are somewhere between zero and almost zero. Ninety-two percent of startups fail within three years. Only one percent of apps in the Apple App Store are financially successful. […].

Why It’s So Hard to Create a Good User Experience in IoT

Tech Product Management

There are more layers of technology, more users to please, and more teams to coordinate than ever before. Throughout the years, UX practices have evolved and adapted to the latest technology trends, from the […]. IoT Technology IoT User Experience (UX

Why Our Tech Obsession Might Be a Work Obsession

Nir Eyal

This interview was part of a Heleo Conversation on the topic of technology obsession, work-life balance, and challenging assumptions in order to change behavior. Changing Your Habits Putting Technology In Its Place addiction workNir’s Note: Below is the transcript of an interview I did with David Burkus, an award-winning podcaster and author of Under New Management: The Unexpected Truths about Leading Great Organizations.

Conquer Distractions With This Simple Chart

Nir Eyal

Upgrading Yourself addiction distraction technologyIs the world more distracting? Sometimes it seems that way.

Your Ability to Focus Has Probably Peaked : Here’s How to Stay Sharp

Nir Eyal

Changing Your Habits Putting Technology In Its Place distraction focusHaving a hard time focusing lately? You’re not alone. Research shows interruptions occur about every twelve minutes in the workplace, and every three minutes in university settings. In an age of constant digital interruptions, it is no wonder you’re having trouble ignoring distractions. In their new book, The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech […].

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How to Build Great Products in the AI World

Mind the Product

What does technology do to society? When technology and human ingenuity gets together, everybody in society profits. Overall though, technology makes everyone healthier and richer. The most important thing in technology is AI.

How to Make Sense of IoT Hardware

Tech Product Management

Getting Started - Intro to IoT IoT TechnologyHardware decisions impact your IoT product’s cost, user experience, application capabilities, and more. But only about 20% of IoT Product Managers have experience managing hardware.

A Product Management Framework for the Internet of Things

Tech Product Management

Featured Posts Getting Started - Intro to IoT IoT and Big Data IoT Security IoT Technology IoT User Experience (UX) The Business of IoTIn this post, I share the IoT Decision Framework I developed to help Product Managers tackle the complexity of IoT products.

IoT World Conference and the State of the IoT Industry

Tech Product Management

Through talks and discussions with expo exhibitors, I noticed four key challenges the industry faces today: focusing on technology over value, analysis-paralysis in both platforms and security vendors, and the challenge of educating the IoT […].

How to Reduce Cost and Boost Quality with an IoT Platform

Tech Product Management

IoT Technology The Business of IoTNews flash: If you’re building your own IoT infrastructure, you’re wasting time and money, and jeopardizing the quality of your product.

7 roadmap templates for creating organization-wide alignment & communication


A roadmap can and should be used to map new areas for growth opportunities, testing new ideas, tracking competitors and keeping up with advancing technologies. The technology roadmap. A technology roadmap outlines how an organization plans to use technology to achieve their goals.

How to Distinguish Between Your Product Roadmap, Product Strategy, and Product Vision


Sales, operations, technology… all of it should be working toward a common vision. While you might “own” the product, your product’s vision should be coming from the top of the house. It should be driving everything in your organization, not just product development.

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The 5 Skills you Need to Become a Fantabulous Product Manager

Love Technology, or at Least Don’t Resist it. After a while of breathing technology, those PMs develop a true sense for it. Tips on Product Management product management skills technology uxI think a lot about what it takes to be a really good product manager.

Ignoring Innovation: Lessons from Kodak

Melissa Perri

It was called the Business, Science, and Technology Initiative (known to the cool kids as BSTI). In 2007 I joined an innovation swat team at Cornell in the Johnson Graduate School of Business.

What does a Product Manager do? Take 1.

Product Manager in Heels

Product Management is a unique mix beween business, technology and UX. Business intersection job job description Product Management responsibilities technology user experienceStarting a new role forces product managers to think of the basic principles the guide product management.

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Rising to the top. as a female in technology

Product Manager in Heels

It's become painfully evident to me in recent years that there is a gender gap not only in technology but in the workplace in general. In technology, I am one women out of a team of five. career competition Leadership mentor Product Management technology women

Upcoming Events; Product Management Technology; SiriusDecisions 2017 Summit recap

Good Product Manager

Results From Our 2017 Study — summarizes the findings from our 2017 SiriusDecisions Product Management Tools and Technology Study , which looks at what tools and technologies are being used by b-to-b product managers. Upcoming Events. Summer is shaping up to be a busy one for me, with lots of presentations and events already booked. Here’s some of what’s coming up in the next few weeks — hope you can join me at one of them!

The Best Product Management Events Happening in 2017


There are plenty of fantastic ways to keep your product management skills sharp and keep up with evolving industry trends and new technologies. There’s no shortage of product management blogs, podcasts, and reading lists out there to keep you in the know.

10 Tips for Creating an Agile Product Roadmap

Roman Pichler

1 Focus on Goals and Benefits.

SiriusDecisions 2017 Summit is Next Week! Plus, 2017 Product Management Tools and Technology Study

Good Product Manager

2017 SiriusDecisions Product Management Tools and Technology Study. I’m pleased to announce the findings from our 2017 SiriusDecisions Product Management Tools and Technology Study , which looks at what tools and technologies are being used by b-to-b product managers. SiriusDecisions 2017 Summit is Next Week! I’ll be in Las Vegas next week for the SiriusDecisions 2017 Summit , which runs from May 16-19.

Women in Product Management Series: Sara Wood, VP Product at Gap Inc.

280 Group

When I asked Sara how she got into Product management, she shared that she started using network technology in graduate school for her.[continue

Is Scrum Right for Your Product?

Roman Pichler

You may not fully understand the value it should create for its users and customers, the features and user experience (UX) it should provide, the business goals it should serve and the business model it should use, and the technologies that should be used to develop it.

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Managing Product Teams for Success

Product Talk

The product team is closest to the customer and the technology and is in the best position to assess what’s feasible and desirable. I’ve been thinking about the challenges of managing product teams by outcomes.

Machine Learning for Product Managers – Bringing the Donuts 07/27/2016

Ken Norton

Clarke said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” How do you get started with machine learning? -. Arthur C. I remember that every time I search for an old photo in Google Photos, filter an image in Prisma, talk to my Amazon Echo, or select a Smart Reply in Gmail. Machine learning is changing the face of

4 Traits of Successful Product Leaders


Leading a product management organization is a unique role in modern technology companies, and one that was quite uncommon until fairly recently. Product managers may or may not be the “CEOs of product,” but how do you boss around a bunch of CEOs?

How Compare and Contrast Decisions Lead to Better Product Outcomes

Product Talk

Seth came to the brainstorming session with a depth of knowledge about new technology. This past week I was in London speaking at Mind the Product. As usual, the Mind the Product team hosted a phenomenal event. The following is the script of my talk with slides.

The 7 Product Dimensions: A Guide to Asking the Right Questions

bpma ProductHub

At a high level, Ellen points out that stakeholders – who she refers to as “product partners”- can be categorized into three groups: customer, business and technology. “A Technology.

Interview: A Chat with BPMA Mentor and Edx CTO, Mark Haseltine

bpma ProductHub

I want to see Boston continue to be a hub of technology innovation well into the future. In addition to a technology focus, I often need to be more involved in the business or product side. Last fall, I had the opportunity to begin a six month mentorship program through the BPMA.

Do Product Owners Need Technical Skills?

Roman Pichler

The same applies if you are a component owner , someone who looks after an architecture building block like a service, component, or layer that forms part of a digital product: You will benefit from having hands-on experience in the appropriate technologies.

SaaS product management explained by 6 product managers


It’s not necessarily a tool, but staying sharp with technology and having a holistic view of technologies around you. The rise of the SaaS model in the product space has been swift, to say the least.

Agile at Scale – Outcome Driven (or Broken)

Tyner Blain

They can change the plan because they are working together – both the business side (sponsors / customers / stakeholders / users) and the technology side (the team creating the product or solution).

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The Evolution of Modern Product Discovery

Product Talk

If we look at the same history, we can see that with each technology, with each methodology, we are starting to answer different questions earlier in the process. Product management is evolving quickly.