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Conway's Law Revisited: The Evidence for a Task-Based Perspective
January/February 2012 (vol. 29 no. 1)
pp. 90-93
Irwin Kwan, Oregon State University
Marcelo Cataldo, Robert Bosch
Daniela Damian, University of Victoria
Conway's law, also called the mirroring hypothesis, predicts that a development organization will inevitably design systems that mirror its organizational communication structure. The alignment between architecture and communication applies to physical systems, but not necessarily to software systems. In this article, the authors present evidence that a task-level view of Conway's law can realize the benefits of alignment in software systems.

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Index Terms:
software design, software architecture, organizations, evidence-based software engineering, engineering management
Citation:
Irwin Kwan, Marcelo Cataldo, Daniela Damian, "Conway's Law Revisited: The Evidence for a Task-Based Perspective," IEEE Software, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 90-93, Jan.-Feb. 2012, doi:10.1109/MS.2012.3
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