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skunkworks

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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I went to work for the Skunkworks right out of school, as what was called a "low observables engineer"--I worked on stealth technology.
Destroyers will come out of nowhere--out of your competitor's skunkworks lab, from a pizza and Red Bull-fueled college dorm room, or from an upstart company founded in some remote city you've never heard of.
3 tonnes, the Range Rover Sport SVR is the firstborn of Jaguar Land Rover's new Special Vehicle Operations or SVO skunkworks.
News broke last week that the Google Glass will be pulled from the market and the project was spinning out of Google X skunkworks toexist as a standalone project.
A branch of UK Skunkworks, billed as Britain's biggest legal-high store chain, is giving the money off for shoppers who show their student union card.
Establish an innovation facility, such as a skunkworks (a small business unit, free of most corporate bureaucracy and free to experiment with crazy, innovative ideas) or time to innovate, and give your people the opportunity to build the next disruptively innovative product.
A spokeswoman for the company's Skunkworks development unit in California says: "Our hybrid airship effort is active.
2 liter V8 engine sourced from the skunkworks at Audi that produces 400 bhp.
Huggers declined to specify how much the company, which has a market capitalization of approximately $100 billion, is spending on the project, but made clear this is not some skunkworks lark.
Bring the pilot and skunkworks projects back to the drawing board and figure out what to do.
Service Learning and Skunkworks in a Senior Honors Colloquium.
The urban skunkworks, gathered around cables, databases, silos, software, metabolic flows, buildings, highways, communications networks, waste pipes, have to be recalled as the means of urban survival and recovery through either their own recuperative force or mnemonic triggers, all the more so when emergencies tend to direct attention to everything but the prosaic and hidden.