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Tom DeMarco

Tom DeMarco
Born (1940-08-20) August 20, 1940
Hazleton, Pennsylvania
Citizenship United States
Fields Computer Science
Institutions Bell Labs
Alma mater Cornell University, Columbia University, University of Paris
Known for Structured analysis
Notable awards Stevens Award (1999)

Tom DeMarco (born August 20, 1940) is an American software engineer, author, and consultant on software engineering topics. He was an early developer of structured analysis in the 1970s.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • See also 4
  • Publications 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life and education

Tom DeMarco was born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. He received a BSEE degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, a M.S. from Columbia University and a diplôme from the University of Paris at the Sorbonne.[1]


DeMarco started working at Bell Telephone Laboratories in 1963, where he participated in ESS-1 project to develop the first large scale Electronic Switching System, which became installed in telephone offices all over the world.[2] Later in the 1960s he started working for a French IT consulting firm, where he worked on the development of a conveyor system for the new merchandise mart at La Villette in Paris, and in the 1970s on the development of on-line banking systems in Sweden, Holland, France and New York.[3]

In the 1970s DeMarco was one of the major figures in the development of structured analysis and structured design in software engineering.[4] In January 1978 he published Structured Analysis and System Specification,[5] a major milestone in the field.[4]

In the 1980s with Tim Lister, Stephen McMenamin, John F. Palmer, James Robertson and Suzanne Robertson, he founded the consulting firm "The Atlantic Systems Guild" in New York. The firm initially shared offices with the Dorset House publisher Edward Yourdon. Their company developed into a New York- and London-based consulting company specializing in methods and management of software development.

DeMarco has lectured and consulted throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, Australia and the Far East.[6]

He is a member of the ACM and a Fellow of the IEEE. He lives in Camden, Maine, and is a principal of the Atlantic Systems Guild, and a fellow and Senior Consultant of the Cutter Consortium.[1] 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".[1]

Personal life

In his spare time, DeMarco is an emergency medical technician, certified by his home state and by the National Registry of EMTs.[6] He is also founding member of the Penobscot Compact, operating under the auspices of the Maine State Aspirations Program, in which local employers contribute the paid time of their employees to tutor students in the public schools.[7]

See also


DeMarco has authored over nine books and 100 papers on project management and software development. A selection:[8]

  • 1979. Structured Analysis and System Specification. Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-854380-1
  • 1986. Controlling Software Projects: Management, Measurement, and Estimates. Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-171711-1
  • 1987. Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams. With Timothy Lister. Dorset House. ISBN 978-0-932633-43-9
  • 1997. The Deadline: A Novel About Project Management. Dorset House. ISBN 978-0-932633-39-2
  • 2001. Slack, Getting Past Burnout, Busywork, and the Myth of Total Efficiency. ISBN 978-0-767907-69-9
  • 2002. "The Agile Methods Fray". IEEE Software, 35(6)
  • 2003. Waltzing with Bears: Managing Risk on Software Projects. With Tim Lister. Dorset House in March 2003. ISBN 978-0-932633-60-6
  • 2008. Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies: Understanding Patterns of Project Behavior. With Peter Hruschka, Tim Lister, Suzanne Robertson, James Robertson, Steve McMenamin. ISBN 978-0-932633-67-5
  • 2009. "Software Engineering: An Idea Whose Time Has Come and Gone?". IEEE Software, Viewpoints. July/August 2009. pages 94–95.
  • 2013. Andronescu's Paradox. Amazon Digital Services, Inc. ASIN B00C9GVDY0


  1. ^ a b c "Tom DeMarco". The Atlantic Systems Guild. 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Tom DeMarco (2002) Structured Analysis: Beginnings of a New Discipline In: sd&m Conference 2001, Software Pioneers Eds.: M. Broy, E. Denert, Springer 2002.
  3. ^ Tom DeMarco ISRC Fellow. Retrieved November 24, 2008.
  4. ^ a b Ward, Paul T. (13 October 1995). "Structured Analysis". In Allen Kent; James G. Williams. Encyclopedia of Microcomputers: Volume 17 - Strategies in the Microprocess Industry to TCP/IP Internetworking: Concepts: Architecture: Protocols, and Tools. Taylor & Francis. pp. 51–89.  
  5. ^ DeMarco, Tom (1978). Structured Analysis and System Specification. Yourdon.  
  6. ^ a b "Tom DeMarco". Dorset House Publishing. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  7. ^ DeMarco, Tom (1990). "Making a difference in the schools". IEEE Software 7 (6): 78–82.  
  8. ^ Tom DeMarco List of publications from the DBLP Bibliography Server.

External links

  • Tom DeMarco's home page
  • The Atlantic Systems Guild website
  • Cutter Consortium website
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