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Architectures, Coordination, and Distance: Conway's Law and Beyond
September/October 1999 (vol. 16 no. 5)
pp. 63-70

Geographically distributed development teams face extraordinary communication and coordination problems. The authors' case study clearly demonstrates how common but unanticipated events can stretch project communication to the breaking point. Project schedules can fall apart, particularly during integration. Modular design is necessary, but not sufficient to avoid this fate.

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James D. Herbsleb, Rebecca E. Grinter, "Architectures, Coordination, and Distance: Conway's Law and Beyond," IEEE Software, vol. 16, no. 5, pp. 63-70, Sept.-Oct. 1999, doi:10.1109/52.795103
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