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The Original Skunk Works

The Original Skunk Works

Long before Agile and Lean became buzzwords, a scrappy group of aerospace engineers at Lockheed's Skunk Works were using similar practices to produce some of the most amazing aircraft ever built. The famous U-2 spy plane, the SR-71 Blackbird, and the F-117A Stealth Fighter are among the incredible planes the engineers at Skunk Works produced under impossibly tight deadlines and very limited budgets.

What can we learn from the stories of these amazing planes and the engineers who built them? Let's go back to our roots and get some tips on our own processes from some of the original experts.

Nickolas Means

May 04, 2016

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  2. There shall be but one object – to get a

    good airplane built on time.