Have a Skunk Works team at your companyPosted: January 10, 2014
“A skunkworks project is a project developed by a small and loosely structured group of people who research and develop a project primarily for the sake of radical innovation.”
Of course startups are just this. But even within startups, especially when your team size is going 20+ you may want to think about having your own little Skunk Works to quickly hack together new prototypes outside of your product roadmap. Our companies that are really good / fast at this have a group of 3,4 folks that they know really enjoy hacking things together quickly – no matter how rough. There are other developers who prefer to “do things properly”, take a bit longer but make it perfect. You need both types at the company.
But it’s important you identify the different types of developers you have to make sure everyone is doing what they are best at and having fun at the same time.
Think about what your Skunk Works team could be.