Skunkworks meaning

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."
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A loosely organized research and development team or facility.
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Origin of skunkworks

  • From skunk + works. The term originated with Lockheed's unit by that name. As one source reports:

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