Organizations that design systems are constrained to produce copies of the communication structures of these organizations
- Anonymous - Conway's Law Discussed in The Mythical Man-Month. Layered organizations produce software with layered architectures, etc. Conway's original formulation in 1968 was: If you have four groups working on a compiler, you'll get a four-pass compiler, The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition (2nd Edition) by Frederick P. Brooks , ISBN: 0201835959
 
The structure of a software system will reflect the communication structure of the team that built it
- R. E. Fairley