Focus group on Conway's Law


Melvin Conway wrote in 1968 that:

“Any organization which designs a system (defined more broadly here than just information systems) will inevitably produce a design whose structure is a copy of the organization’s communication structure”.

In their recently published book “Organizational Patterns for Agile Software Development” Coplien & Harrison include a pattern named “Conway’s Law” where the solution calls on organizations to: “Make sure the organization is compatible with the product architecture”.

This focus group will look at Conway’s Law in more depth. Using the experiences of the participants we will explore the questions such as:

Participants are encouraged to read:

Participants are invited to prepare a short position paper (no more than 1 page). Position papers are entirely optional.