7 guiding principles for product install/upgrade usability

I was discussing recently the importance of getting a product installation or upgrade process right for customers.  Here are some guiding principles from a usability perspective that you may wish to consider when defining your product’s requirements.

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Net Promoter EU Conference 2010

A few months ago, I co-presented a short speaking slot at this year’s Satmetrix Net Promoter European Conference.  I’ve reproduced an excerpt from their official blog of the event for posterity.

You can see the full article in its original form at Satmetrix’s European Conference Blog 2010.

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“Why the heck should I upgrade?” – 4 things you’re probably missing

You expend a lot of effort getting people to buy your product and they’re happy with it.

Time passes.

You then go back to your satisfied customers and tell them what they have is now mediocre, so they have to move onto your latest and greatest product version.  You see this everywhere, from washing powders to family cars, so it must work for enterprise software, right?  So why are your no-longer-happy customers now chasing you with pitchforks and burning torches?

The Simpsons Angry Mob Fun Run

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