Tim Lister is a Principal of the Atlantic Systems Guild, Inc., based in the New York office. He divides his time between consulting, teaching, and writing. Tim was the feature interview for IEEE Software's March/April 1997 issue, had the Point article on Risk Management in the May/June 1997 issue, wrote the Managers' Column for the May/June 1998 issue, and was co-author "Risk Management During Requirements," IEEE Software, September/October, 2003.
He is currently working on tailoring software development processes using software risk management techniques. He gave the keynote address on this topic at the Software Management and Measurement Conference in Anaheim in February 2002. He gave the keynote address at the SEI Risk Management Conference in April 1997, and was a guest lecturer on the topic at City University, London in March 1998. He is a member of the Airlie Software Council, a group of industry consultants, advising the DoD on best practices for software development and acquisition. Tim gave a keynote on Risk Management at the Cutter Summit in April 2003. He is a member of the Cutter Business Technology Council.
Tim is co-author with Tom DeMarco of the new book, Waltzing With Bears: Managing Software Project Risk [Dorset House, 2003]. Click here to download three sample chapters. Tim and Tom are also co-authors of Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams, 2nd ed [Dorset House, 1999]. Peopleware has been a book club selection of the Library of Computer and Information Sciences, and has been translated into seven languages. Tim Lister and Tom DeMarco are also co-editors of Software State-of -the-Art: Selected Papers, a collection of 31 of the best papers on software published in the 1980s (Dorset House, 1990). The two partners have also produced a video entitled Productive Teams, also available through Dorset House.
Tim Lister has over 30 years of professional software development experience. Before the formation of the Atlantic Systems Guild, he worked at Yourdon Inc. from 1975 to 1983. At Yourdon he was an Executive Vice President and Fellow, in charge of all instructor/consultants, the technical content of all courses, and the quality of all consultations. Tim Lister lives in Manhattan. He holds an A.B. from Brown University, and is a member of the I.E.E.E. and the A.C.M. He also serves as a panelist for the American Arbitration Association, arbitrating disputes involving software and software services, and has served as an expert witness in litigation proceedings involving software problems.