If you are doing test-drive of PVS-Studio for your organization, and you liked the software and services we are offering the next big step is convince decision makers in the organization that static code analysis for C++ projects based on PVS-Studio product is effective investment.
Note: if you are decision maker yourself you might still benefit from reading this article as you might find few interesting facts about PVS-Studio that you didn't know before.
So first thing you need to understand is who is /are decision makers for purchasing of new software and implementing significant changes to the development process (which obviously introduction of static code analysis is).
Next step is to understand who potential stakeholders of this product are. These are the people who are directly or indirectly are affected by introduction of the software. Usually they see additional tools as a more support burden, but we have to be proactive in presenting benefits of these changes:
After all stakeholders are identified it is a good chance to engage with each of them informally and discuss their vision on static analysis, understand who supporters of this change are and who will be objecting. It is important to understand their objections and be prepared to address them during the management presentation.
Next big step is preparation of the presentation. You might want to use our template presentation of PVS-Studio static analysis tool as a base line that should be enriched with the detailed results of your trial.
Also on this stage do some homework and be prepared to address objections of the people who do not like the idea of introduction of static code analysis tool into the process.
Please note that our presentation of PVS-Studio doesn't concentrate much on exact errors it might detect - this of course depends on the particular project, rather it highlights other benefits of having static analysis tool in place.
Then time comes for the big presentation. Make sure that all decision makers are able to attend the meeting and all stakeholders are invited too as optional attendees.
Hint: talk to main supporters of this project to make sure they could attend the meeting.
There should be no major problems - by the time you do the presentation you already know most of the objections people have about this kind of software and PVS-Studio in particular.
As usually the most important outcome of this presentation should be either a final decision on starting this project or set of open discussion points.
Please feel free to contact us if you need help addressing questions you face on static analysis or PVS-Studio functionality.
While communicating with people on forums, I noticed there are a few lasting misconceptions concerning the static analysis methodology. I decided to write a series of brief articles where I want to show you the real state of things.