Conway is pinpointing our challenge as architects. It is all about communication, but at many levels. Communication is power. Knowledge is power. Architecture is power.
Conway’s law is also expressed as:
In any organization there is one person who knows what is going on. That person must be fired.
That person would be the architect. Or maybe the receptionist.
Phil Windley also twists Conway in subtitling his blog: Organizations Get the IT They Deserve (SM)