DDD Europe 2024 - Program

Shades of Conway's Law

Main Conference - Talk


Thierry de Pauw

Thierry de Pauw
Thursday 30 from 17:00 until 18:00

In short, Conway's Law says any organisation that designs a system will come up with a system design that copies the organisational communication structures.

Over the years, many individuals rephrased Conway's Law in various ways. Every paraphrase brings new insights and non-negligible consequences. Sometimes they give the impression of contradicting each other. However, in the end, they all come to the same conclusion. The organisation and the system keep each other in balance. Modifying the organisation will have an impact on the system. Modifying the system will have an impact on the organisation. Not considering that will cause friction in the organisation or the system with dramatic consequences.

To be competitive as an organisation in the market, and to effectively design the right thing our customers expect us to deliver, we'd better understand and take advantage of this.

About Thierry de Pauw

Thierry is a lean IT Engineer at the fintech startup Abbove. On the side, he founded ThinkingLabs, an advisory firm for optimising IT delivery while reducing stress, burnout and fatigue.

From time to time he is asked to conduct technology due diligence for investors to review the technology capabilities of organisations.

Thierry is a CI/CD advocate and jack-of-all-trades. Instead of balancing quality & delivery, he believes and practices that better quality is actually a way to more and better deliveries.