The Inverse Conway Law

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Melvin Conway stated in 1968 that "Any organisation that designs a system (defined broadly) will produce a design whose structure is a copy of the organisation’s communication structure.". Andreas Wolff published an interesting post on CTO Craft about using an inverse Conway Law when designing the struture of an organisation. Instead of the development of a product mirroring the communication structure of an organisation, why not design the organisation to mirror the structure of a product? In this case, Wolff describes how microservices architecture can be mirrored to create an efficient orgnisation communication structure.


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