Skunkworks


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Skunkworks

1. A division of Lockheed Martin responsible for developing military aircraft for several countries.

2. More generally, a division of a company responsible for research and development with little or no regard for bureaucracy or protocol. That is, creativity is highly valued in a skunkworks.
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To me, the most important thing in managing a high-risk/high-reward organization like the front end of the Skunkworks is to make sure that the people who are doing the work are happy.
Last year a Sunday People investigation revealed a member of staff at another branch of UK Skunkworks apparently broke the law on legal high sales by dishing out advice on how to take them.
The suggestion here is that in spaces of risk mitigation through the collective infrastructure, automaticity combines with mnemonic recall, implying that an associated politics has to focus as much on the architecture of the skunkworks as on their aesthetic and affective presence.
He went on to become construction sales manager, selling to architects and the building sector and then moved to the new product development group, known then as Skunkworks and then became head of marketing.
To the south is Lockheed Martin's Skunkworks where the U-2 and SR-71 Blackbird spycraft were developed.
Skunkworks, a Lockheed venture, is investigating P-791 hybrid technology, which has come a long way since the hydrogen fueled Hindenburg.
Canada's many university laboratories offer the initial phase of this lost skunkworks capability, which will he complemented by more specifically directed investigations completed at GreenCentre and then turned over to partner firms.
Invisible in both of these performances [conducting and teaching] are the many kinds of knowledge, unseen plans, and backstage moves--the skunkworks, if you will--that allow a teacher to purposefully move a group of students from one set of understandings and skills to quite another over the space of many months.
is founder and president of The Hill City Skunkworks, a public policy research firm in Saratoga Springs, N.
We are indebted to one reviewer who noted that other analogies may also be appropriate: jazz (DePree, 1992), skunkworks (Nord and Tucker, 1987), and team learning (Broderick and Pearce, 2001).
Too often he refers back to his now decade-old DOE experience, when the real action is in labs and skunkworks around the world.