skunkworks - Computer Definition
A project undertaken by a highly motivated group of people who are given autonomy to work without the normal company restrictions. Typically referring to projects for software or electronics that are sometimes developed in secrecy, the term was derived from the Lockheed Martin Advanced Development Program "Skunk Works" and popularized by Tom Peters and Nancy Austin in their 1984 book "A Passion for Excellence."
Variant of skunk works
- a group of engineers, scientists, etc. engaged in research and development, usually secretly or in isolation
- the division within a company or the facilities of such a group
Origin: after the Skonk Works, a moonshine still in Li'l Abner, American comic strip by Al Capp (pseud. of Alfred Gerald Caplin, 1909-79)