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Tom DeMarco


TOM DeMARCO is a principal of The Atlantic Systems Guild and a fellow of the Cutter Consortium. He is a recipient of the Warnier Prize for "lifetime contribution to the field of computing" and the Stevens Award for "contribution to the methods of software development." His Dorset House release, Waltzing with Bears: Managing Risk on Software Projects (with coauthor Timothy Lister), won the Software Development Jolt Award for best book. In 2013, he and coauthor Tim Lister collaborated with Dorset House and Addison-Wesley to release an expanded, third edition of Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams, the software development classic originally released in 1987. In the summer of 1997, Dorset House published his Jolt-award-winning novel on project management, The Deadline.

Mr. DeMarco's book of essays, published in 1995, is entitled Why Does Software Cost So Much? (And Other Puzzles of the Information Age), also from Dorset House. His prior works include more than one hundred articles and papers about management and the system development process. In 1990, he served with Tim Lister as co-editors of Software State-of-the-Art: Selected Papers (with Timothy Lister)

Mr. DeMarco's career began at Bell Telephone Laboratories where he served as part of the now-legendary ESS-1 project. In later years, he managed real-time projects for La CEGOS Informatique in France, and was responsible for distributed on-line banking systems installed in Sweden, Holland, France and Finland. He has lectured and consulted throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, Australia and the Far East.

Mr. DeMarco has a BSEE degree from Cornell University, an M.S. from Columbia University and a diplome from the University of Paris at the Sorbonne. In his spare time, he is an Emergency Medical Technician, certified by his home state and by the National Registry of EMTs, and a founding member of The Penobscot Compact, a business-education partnership operating under the auspices of the Maine State Aspirations Program. He makes his home in Camden, Maine.

Bibliography: Tom DeMarco

Adrenaline Junkies
and Template Zombies:
Understanding Patterns
of Project Behavior

(with Peter Hrushka, Tim Lister, Steve McMenamin, Suzanne Robertson, and James Robertson)

ISBN: 978-0-932633-67-5
©2008    248 pages    softcover  
$35.95 (plus shipping)

The Deadline:
A Novel About Project Management

ISBN: 978-0-932633-39-2
©1997    320 pages    softcover  
$24.95 (plus shipping)

Productive Projects and Teams, 3rd ed.
(with Timothy Lister)

ISBN: 978-0-321-93411-6
©2013    272 pages    softcover  
Available from Addison-Wesley

$39.99 (plus shipping)

Getting Past Burnout, Busywork, and the Myth of Total Efficiency

ISBN: 978-0-932633-61-3
©2001    240 pages    hardcover  
$8.95 (plus shipping)


Software State-of-the-Art:
Selected Papers
(with Timothy Lister)

ISBN: 978-0-932633-14-9
©1990    584 pages    hardcover  
$45.95 (plus shipping)


Waltzing with Bears:
Managing Risk on Software Projects

(with Timothy Lister)

ISBN: 978-0-932633-60-6
©2003    208 pages    softcover
$27.95 (plus shipping)


Why Does Software Cost So Much?
(And Other Puzzles of the Information Age)

ISBN: 978-0-932633-34-7
©1995    248 pages    softcover
$29.95 (plus shipping)


Author Interview
Author Interview (with Timothy Lister)
Streaming Audio Interview at Qualityplustech.com (Windows Media)
Streaming Audio Interview at Qualityplustech.com (Real Audio)
Interview on CIO Radio
Excerpt: "Opportunity "Knocking"
Excerpt: Preface from The Deadline
Excerpt: "Teamicide Revisited"
Excerpt: "Running Toward Risk"
Excerpt: "Efficiency and/or Effectiveness"
Excerpt: "Shocked, Disappointed, and Dismayed"

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