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Conways Law

Conway's law is a statement that organisations design systems that mirror their own communication structure. The exact wording of Melvin Conway is:

Any organisation that designs a system (broadly defined) will produce a design whose structure is a copy of the organisation's communication structure.

The premises of the statement is that in order for a software module to function, multiple authors need to frequently communicate with each other. The present social boundaries in that communication ultimately lead to the system created.

There is a strong relation between the organisational design and the software architecture. The way the organisation is modeled basically is the initial design of the software architecture.


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Conways Law