In this chapter, I have assumed that you reached the point where you have realized that you want to explore an improved process solution and have determined that RUP and the IBM Rational solutions were the ones you were going to help champion in your company. Your next step is to create interest and excitement, as well as raise awareness of this improved process and the supporting set of development tools.
First, you will need to develop a vision on why the RUP and Rational tools are the right solution for your organization and practice delivering it in varying time lengths, from a simple 30-second elevator ride to a 5-minute hallway conversation. Next, you will need to start looking under the covers of RUP at the key principles/best practices on which it is based. You should be able to explain them in both laymen terms and in a midpoint fashion between laymen and technical language. Once you have that down, begin to understand the common problems that RUP and the tools solve and determine how you can relate it to your company’s environment. Finally, you will need to begin selling your idea to executives and decision makers while simultaneously creating awareness and excitement. Congratulations—you are on your way!