Architecture and Organisation influence each other in a Sociotechnical System

SAFely Dancing With Conway’s law

An architectural talk for an architectural audience

Conway’s Law teaches us that systems are socio-technical systems, where system design starts long before the first line of code or even first System Context Diagram. That Organisational Design is a critical system design activity.

At the same time, Donella Meadows teaches us that we can’t control systems directly; at best, we can hope to responsively influence so that we can dance with them.

In an era of $everything-As-A-Service – and increasingly, As A MicroService – how do we design the organisation and process to successfully dance with our desired architectural patterns?

This talk significantly springboards from a wonderful talk by Torbjörn Gyllebring at Lean Agile Scotland 2014. You should watch it.

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