Conway’s Law Explored and Explained

James Hull at Agile Yorkshire

Conway’s Law was observed by Met Conway and made famous in Fred Brooks’ 1975 book The Mythical Man-Month. It states – “Any organisation that designs a system will produce a design whose structure is a copy of the organisation’s communication structure”.  Considering the architecture of a piece of software can influence its overall value and usefulness, it follows that giving careful consideration to organisation structure and behaviour is important. However something as fundamental as human behaviour and relationships are not easily corralled. Jame Hull spoke at our Agile Yorkshire event and eloquently explained Conway’s Law, exploring it’s meaning and discussing how it may be harnessed.

Author: Royd Brayshay

I work with software development teams needing greater business effectiveness. I give lean and agile leadership advice plus coaching and training in Scrum, Kanban and XP practices. Dramatic improvements in productivity and predictability can be found in most teams. I also write code, design products and perform technical leadership.