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The New Engineering Game

By : Tim Weilkiens
Book Image

The New Engineering Game

By: Tim Weilkiens

Overview of this book

Organizations today face an increasingly complex and dynamic environment, whatever their market. This change requires new systems that are built on the foundation of a new kind of engineering and thinking. The New Engineering Game closes the gap between high-level reflections about digitalization and daily engineering methods and tools. The book begins by describing the first three industrial revolutions and their consequences, and by predicting the fourth industrial revolution. Considering the fourth industrial revolution, it explains the need for a new kind of engineering. The later chapters of the book provide valuable principles, patterns, methods, and tools that engineering organizations can learn and use to succeed on the playfield of digitalization. By the end of the book, you’ll have all the information you need to understand the various concepts to take your first steps towards the world of digitalization.
Table of Contents (5 chapters)

Conway's Law

Melvin Conway is a computer programmer who published his thesis, known as Conway's Law, in 1968:

Any organization that designs a system (defined broadly) will produce a design whose structure is a copy of the organization's communication structure. (Conway's Law., accessed June 2016)

Think about the organizations you have worked for and the projects you have been involved with. I guess you can recognize Conway's law in them. A product mirrors the structure of the developing organization because the organization structure constrains the solution space for the products accordingly. And, vice versa, the organization mirrors the product structure because the organization optimizes its work units by aligning them with the product structure.

You may have noticed that Conway said "communication structure" and not "organization structure". The organization structure is visible and is often explicitly documented...