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Conway's Law

Last updated Feb 9, 2023

# Definition

Any Organization that designs a system … will produce a design whose structure is a copy of the organization’s communication structure.

  • Mel Conway

# Confirmation

Confirmed in

The homomorphic force really does exist

Coordination problems were greatly exaggerated across sites, largely because of breakdown of informal communication channels.

  • Herbsleb/Grinter

# Modern Version

If the architecture of the system and the architecture of the organization are at odds, the architecture of the organization wins.

  • Ruth Malan

# References