Lockheed’s SkunkWorks

The following are from Kelly Johnson of Lockheed’s SkunkWorks:

  1. The Skunk Works manager must be delegated practically complete control of his program in all aspects. They should report to a division president or higher.
  2. Strong but small project offices must be provided both by the military and industry.
  3. The number of people having any connection with the project must be restricted in an almost vicious manner. Use a small number of good people (10% to 25% compared to the so-called normal systems).
  4. A very simple drawing and drawing release system with great flexibility for making changes must be provided. Read More