Conway's Law

Continuous Delivery and Conway’s Law

May 13, 2021 • 24 min read


This is a full transcript of Allan Kelly’s “Continuous Delivery and Conway’s Law” at the LondonCD Meetup. It gives an in-depth overview of what Conway’s Law is, how it impacts organisational and system design and how it relates to Continuous Delivery.

Conway’s three other laws

May 9, 2021 • 8 min read


Most of us know about Conway’s adage “Any organization will produce a design which is a copy of the organization’s communication structure.” But Conway coined four laws in his 1968 paper “How Do Committees Invent?” What are the other ones? Why are we not talking about them? And what do they tell us about optimizing teams in a distributed world? – Mike Amundsen

Shades of Conway's Law

May 7, 2021 • 9 min read


Over time, different people have paraphrased Conway’s Law in different ways. This is an overview of the variations I found when recently going over Conway’s Law literature.

How Do Committees Invent?

May 7, 2021 • 5 min read


This is the paper behind Conway’s Law. I’ve assembled some snippets from the paper that triggered me and added some thoughts.