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

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!)

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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).

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.

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.

The Future of Talking to Technology

Mind the Product

Talking with Technology’ is an engaging and thought-provoking talk about how Artificial Intelligence is changing the interface between humans and machines. The post The Future of Talking to Technology appeared first on MindTheProduct.

Women in Product Management: Sarah Hatfield, VP Product Management at OnProcess Technology

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For our fourth installment of Women in Product Management Series, I interviewed Sarah Hatfield, VP Product Management and Client Solutions at OnProcess Technology.

Product Management Career Ladders at 8 Top Technology Firms

Sachin Rekhi

Since there isn’t a lot of discussion about this out there, I wanted to share what the career ladders look like for product managers at 8 top technology firms as well as some of the key dimensions upon which advancement in the profession occur. Product organizations tend to be a small proportion of technology firm’s overall R&D teams, with ratios of up to 1 product manager to 10 engineers as common. Slides: Product Management Career Ladders.

Product Management Technologies; Five Essentials for Strategic Product Management; Planning Assumptions for 2016

Good Product Manager

We’ve been busy at SiriusDecisions with a lot of new research and resources for b-to-b product management leaders and product managers: The ABCs of Product Management Technologies. In my first post for the new SiriusDecisions Marketplace, I cover The ABCs of Product Management Technologies. SiriusDecisions Marketplace™ is a first-of-its-kind online destination for sales, marketing and product teams to learn from their peers and do research on technology and service providers.

Tech Companies are Addicting People! But Should They Stop?

Nir Eyal

To understand technology addiction (or any addiction for that matter) you need to understand the Q-tip. Designing Ethically addiction bad habits ethics Persuasive technology technologyPerhaps you’ve never noticed there’s a scary warning on every box of cotton swabs that reads, “CAUTION: Do not enter ear canal…Entering the ear canal could cause injury.” How is it that the one thing most people do with Q-tips is […]. The post Tech Companies are Addicting People!

What Do Product Managers Need To Know About Self-Driving Cars?

The Accidental Product Manager

An example of another product that had big impacts using technology is airplane autopilots. Product automation autopilot aviation collision avoidance cruise control Google limits of the technology proceed slowly Tags self-driving car

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 […].

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

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. […].

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.

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.

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 […].

When Distraction is a Good Thing

Nir Eyal

Putting Technology In Its Place Upgrading Yourself distraction Habits technologyIs distraction a curse or a blessing? Not giving full attention to what we should be doing makes us miss deadlines, fail classes, and crash into other drivers. Distraction certainly has a price. Nonetheless, we love our distractions! Social media, spectator sports, movies, books, TV shows, the news, video games – what would we do […].

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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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Conquer Distractions With This Simple Chart

Nir Eyal

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

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 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.

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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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.

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.

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

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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Product Management at General Assembly

Product Manager in Heels

I just wrapped up teaching a 10-week Product Management course at General Assembly in Boston, and it was an amazing experience. When I graduated from high school, I planned to be a math teacher – I didn’t follow that path, but have dreamed of teaching ever since.

How to Regain Focus at Work by Slaying the Messaging Monster

Nir Eyal

Technology is taking over our lives, especially in the workplace. What can we do to put technology in its place to finally get focused work done? Changing Your Habits Putting Technology In Its PlaceBelow are resources, tools, and articles for regaining focus in your digital life. These are tools I use myself but is not meant to be an exhaustive list. Full disclosure […]. The post How to Regain Focus at Work by Slaying the Messaging Monster appeared first on Nir and Far.

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!

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.

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.

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

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

Announcing The Secret Product Manager Handbook

PM Hardcore

This captures the meaning of, for example, “we’re the intersection of business, technology, and user experience.” I’m excited to announce The Secret Product Manager Handbook is available for pre-order !

What Does The Internet Of Things Mean To Product Managers?

The Accidental Product Manager

This allows customers to purchase service (a ride) instead of having to worry about the technology that makes it possible. What they want to accomplish is to solve problems that they have in their lives without having to worry about what technology is making this happen.

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.

10 Tips for Creating an Agile Product Roadmap

Roman Pichler

1 Focus on Goals and Benefits.