Tom DeMarco

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Tom DeMarco (born 20 August, 1940) is a well-known author, teacher, and speaker on software engineering topics. He is presently both a principal of The Atlantic Systems Guild, and a fellow of the Cutter Consortium. DeMarco was the 1986 recipient of the Warnier Prize for "lifetime contribution to the field of computing," and the 1999 recipient of the Stevens Award for "contribution to the methods of software development."


  • You can't control what you can't measure
    • in Controlling Software Projects, Management Measurement & Esitmation, Page 3
  • Quality is free, but only to those who are willing to pay heavily for it.
    • in Peopleware, Productive Projects and Teams, Page 23
  • People under pressure don’t work better; they just work faster.
    • in Peopleware, Productive Projects and Teams, Page 18
  • The manager's function is not to make people work, but to make it possible for people to work.
    • in Peopleware, Productive Projects and Teams, Page 34
  • It’s not what you don’t know that kills you; . . . it’s what you know that isn’t so.
    • in The Deadline
  • A day lost at the beginning of project hurts just as much as a day lost at the end.
    • in The Deadline

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