Tom DeMarco (born 20 August 1940) is a well-known author, teacher, and speaker on software engineering topics. He 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."
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- You can't control what you can't measure
- in Controlling Software Projects, Management Measurement & Estimation, Page 3
- It's not what you don't know that kills you but what you know that isn't so.
- in The Deadline p. 284 books.google.de
- A day lost at the beginning of project hurts just as much as a day lost at the end.
- in The Deadline
Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams (1987) 
- Tom DeMarco (1987) Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams.
- People under pressure don’t work better; they just work faster.
- p. 18
- Quality is free, but only to those who are willing to pay heavily for it.
- p. 23
- While the machines have changes enormously, the business of software development has been rather static.
- p. 32
- The manager's function is not to make people work, but to make it possible for people to work.
- p. 34