Start at the End: How to Build Products That Create Change

Start at the End: How to Build Products That Create Change Review

Nudge meets Hooked in a practical approach to designing products and services that change behavior, from what we buy to how we work.

Deciding what to create at modern companies often looks like an episode of Mad Men: people throw ideas around until one sounds sexy enough to execute and then they scale it to everyone. The result? Companies overspend on marketing to drive engagement with products and services that people don't want and won't help them be happier and healthier.

Start at the End offers a new framework for design, grounded in behavioral science. Technology executive and behavioral scientist Matt Wallaert argues that the purpose of everything is behavior change. By starting with outcomes instead of processes, the most effective companies understand what people want to do and why they aren't already doing it, then build products and services to bridge the gap.

Wallaert is a behavioral psychologist who has led product design at organizations ranging from startups like Clover Health to industry leaders such as Microsoft. Whether dissecting the success behind Uber's ridesharing service or Flamin' Hot Cheetos, he underscores with clarity and humor how this approach can improve the way we work and live.

This is an essential roadmap for building products that matter--and changing behavior for the better.

Title:Start at the End: How to Build Products That Create Change

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  • Rurie Yi

    (4.0/5.0) Read this for a book club I’m a part of and learned a lot! Definitely one of those books that you’ll probably want to revisit multiple times, especially if you’re working on/pursuing a...

  • KC

    The premise here is to think about the product with the end in mind: that end being consumer behavior. What behavior do you wish to alter with the introduction of this product or feature? And Why?The ...

  • Charna Parkey

    Such an easy to read approachable framework that I bought more than 30 copies to share with folks from Marketing, Engineering and more across my company.I ended up getting an audio copy for listening ...

  • Samuel Salzer

    Strongly recommend this book! Perfect for anyone who wants to learn a concrete process for creating behavior change inside and outside of your organization. ...

  • Synthia Salomon

    “The Intervention Design Process is a step-by-step approach to the design of products and services that begins with the behavior you want to promote and then works backward to make that behavior a r...

  • Paulo Peres

    A book in a sympathetic format and proposes to have a much tastier language than the Behavioral Science or Behavioral Economy literature. However, the author could use more illustrations and a more vi...

  • Julin A.

    This book encloses a few, but handy tips in applied behavioral science:1. a behavioral statement, very useful to clarify what an organization wants to do.2. A simple framework to apply behavioral scie...

  • Andreas Karampatzakis

    It’s a very easy to read book that I highly recommend to all startup founders and product managers.I love the idea that “people will do the right thing If you make it easy for them” and the appl...

  • Amanda Jones

    As a landscape designer, I was unaware of how behavioral statements could impact my career. However, the more I dove into this book and digested it piece by piece, I found myself applying it to not on...

  • Felipe CZ

    An approach to designing producs that make an impact. First, achieve insights into the ideal world and the real world; then, write a behavioral statement of the ideal, then, map out promoting and inhi...