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More than my share of it all – Skunk Works I. Kelly Johnson With Maggie Smith. More than my share of it all. 1. SW mgr “total” authority & report to very top executive 2. Strong small SPOs…ind & gov 3. SW…10% size of typical org 4. Simple drawing release system

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More than my share of it all – Skunk Works I

Kelly Johnson

With

Maggie Smith


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More than my share of it all

  • 1. SW mgr “total” authority & report to very top executive

  • 2. Strong small SPOs…ind & gov

  • 3. SW…10% size of typical org

  • 4. Simple drawing release system

  • 5. Minimum reports, but important work must be recorded


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More than my share of it all

  • 6. Monthly cost reviews of past and predicted future

  • 7. Use commercial bid process

  • 8. Push inspection down and do not repeat inspections

  • 9. Vehicles must be flight tested

  • 10. Agree on specs prior to contracting


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More than my share of it all

  • 11. Timely funding from gov

  • 12. Trust and close cooperation

  • 13. Very limited access by outsiders

  • 14. Pay based upon performance and not how many supervised



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SKUNK WORKS II

Ben Rich & Leo Janos


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Drawing the Right Conclusions

  • 1. Need for SW inversely proportional to funding.

  • 2. Trend is to more oversite.

  • 3. Specific Objectives…the heart of the SW.

  • 4. Team Mustang…30% less.

  • 5. Off the shelf components.


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Drawing the Right Conclusions

  • 6a. Why build a Rolls-Royce?

  • 6b. Final 10% costs 40%.

  • 7. Components…throw away.

  • 8. “No-handed” parts.

  • 9. Affordability greater than Technology.

  • 10. Leader-follower Stinks.


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Drawing the Right Conclusions

  • 11. Tremendous value of prototypes.

  • 12. Concurrency.

  • 13. Stick with reliable suppliers.

  • 14. Potential cost reduction is security.

  • 15. No substitute for astute management.


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Drawing the Right Conclusions

  • 16. Talented people, top pay, motivation, work environment, responsible for quality.

  • 17. Encouraged to work imaginatively, improvise, unconventional, trust, and cooperation.

  • 18. Strong leader/highly motivatedemployees.


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Drawing the Right Conclusions

  • A. What can you do NOW to improve your performance?

  • B. What can your company do NOW to improve productivity?

  • C. What can you do NOW for future gains?

  • D. What can your company do NOW for future gains?



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