When reading a few popular chapters out of Mythical Man Month, I did manage to stumble over the now-famous discussion of, "Build one to throw away." But I missed this gem:

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.

Funny and insightful! ;^)