Conway's Law (persone e sw)

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Conway's Law


Organizations that design systems are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structures of the organization.



    Conway's Law is a valid sociological observation. You can find case studies from the Harvard Business School (here the pdf) and from Microsoft Research (here the publication and also here: The Influence of Organizational Structure on Software Quality: An Empirical Case Study).


Some interesting pratical example of organizational and cultural factors is in Mike Cohn presentation: Scaling Scrum and Working with Distributed Teams


   It is interesting to note that also gender and character can essentially influence the coding style . E.g. read Men Write Code From Mars, Women Write More Helpful Code From Venus



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