What is The HEART Framework

The first time I encountered the acronym for the HEART framework, I couldn’t help but let out a chuckle at my initial, perhaps overly romantic, interpretation. Love seemed to be the underlying theme, and maybe, in some way, it wasn’t too far from the truth. After all, isn’t the ultimate goal of any product to bring joy and satisfaction to its users?

Call me a hopeless romantic, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that this framework was, in essence, built upon the principle of spreading love among its users.

Initially designed by Google to enhance user experiences across its wide array of products, the HEART framework has now become a staple tool for product managers aiming to make informed decisions in their product development journey. For those curious about how to apply the HEART framework, here’s how you, as a product manager, can leverage it to steer your product toward success.

HEART stands for Happiness, Engagement, Adoption, Retention, and Task Success. These components form the pillars of any successful product strategy.


Let’s consider a practical example: imagine you’re developing a food-ordering app for your favorite local restaurant. How can you apply the HEART framework to ensure a seamless experience for your users?


  • Goal: Timely delivery of orders
  • Signal: Average waiting time for delivery
  • Metric: Average time for order delivery


  • Goal: Encouraging users to explore and order their favorite dishes
  • Signal: Frequency of adding food items to the cart
  • Metric: Average number of menu items ordered per user


  • Goal: Promoting the app through user referrals
  • Signal: Referral activities from existing users
  • Metric: Referral signup rate, obtained through in-app surveys on the referral source


  • Goal: Simplifying the process with automated orders for frequent favorites
  • Signal: User selection of auto-order for preferred dishes
  • Metric: Monthly count of auto-orders and average number of favorites set for auto-orders per month

Task Completion:

  • Goal: Streamlining the meal ordering process for quick and hassle-free transactions
  • Signal: Number of items in the cart per order
  • Metric: Percentage of items in the cart relative to the total number of items available for ordering

By aligning your product development strategy with the HEART framework, you can create a user-centric product that not only meets but exceeds the expectations of your target audience. Remember, love and metrics go hand in hand, and the HEART framework is your compass to navigate the complex landscape of user satisfaction and business success.

So, embrace the HEART framework and watch your product flourish into a love story that users can’t resist.

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