Tom DeMarco


Tom DeMarco is a Cutter Consortium Fellow. He served on the Editorial Board of Cutter IT Journal (now Amplify) for more than 2 decades. Tom has been a frequent keynoter and moderator at Cutter Summits. Mr. DeMarco is a principal of the Atlantic Systems Guild. He was the winner of the 1986 Warnier Prize for "lifetime contribution to the field of computing" and the 1999 Wayne Stevens Prize for "contribution to software methods." His best-selling books include The Deadline: A Novel About Project Management, which is the story of a veteran software manager who bets his life on a delivery date; and Slack: Getting Beyond Burnout, Busywork, and the Myth of Total Efficiency. He has teamed with Cutter Fellow Tim Lister on the celebrated and classic text Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams; the groundbreaking training video Productive Teams, the Jolt Award-winning Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies: Understanding Patterns of Project Behavior; and the risk management book Waltzing with Bears: Managing Risk on Software Projects.

IT is change. When an organization needs to change itself, the invariable impulse is to build an IT system to effect and support the change. That's why IT is so difficult; it consists of so much more than writing and testing code. The real and always difficult challenge of IT is to transform the organization.

Tom DeMarco

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 online banking systems installed in Sweden, Holland, France, and Finland. Mr. DeMarco is a frequent consultant and lecturer throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, Australia, and the Far East. He can be reached at