Conway’s Law reads:
Any organization that designs a system (defined more broadly here than just information systems) will inevitably produce a design whose structure is a copy of the organization’s communication structure.
While it has served as a fun adage since its introduction in 1968, recent studies show evidence that Conway’s Law exists. One such study was brought to us by the legendary Victor Basili, who has been contributing to this field for many years, and Nachiappan Nagappan, who has an ever-increasingly impressive body of work himself. In their study they propose some metrics that one might make of the organization and their implications to the code.