Conway's Law

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

— Melvin E. Conway

In other words, the way software is architected will tend to reflect the communication of the organization that built it. Pain points perceived as limitations of software are often therefore solved through organizational changes. Thus, an inverse conway maneuver is the architectural "trick" of achieving an architectural goal through the encouragement of structural changes to how the organization communicates.

Broader Topics Related to Conway's Law

Software Architecture

The practice of organizing software components in a complex system

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