Our rules

Our Rules

Based on some famous ones, just kiwi style.

  1. By agreement, the team leader has overall responsibility and decision making ability their program across all layers. The team reports to a C-Suite Officer, Board member or higher.
  2. Secure separate project offices must be provided.
  3. Skunkworks will work with you to identify multi-skilled personnel who will have responsibility for multiple areas.
  4. A very simple reporting and release schedule will be used, flexible to the organisation’s needs.
  5. Important work will be documented in the project management system to enable traceability and reuse.
  6. Fortnight check ins to keep on track of costs, including forecasting costs till the end of the project.
  7. The team will assume more than normal responsibility to get the best value out of any outsourced work on the project.
  8. We use a milestone approval system that meets the intent of existing government requirements and should be used on new projects to reduce duplication of work.
  9. Skunkworks will have the authority to test any final product in a production environment. Initial testing is always underaken by us.
  10. Any infrastucture restrictions must be agreed to well in advance of contract agreements. Prior, we will clearly confirm which important items will not knowingly be complied with.
  11. Funding must be timely so that projects can retain their accelerated cadence.
  12. We operate on an ethos of mutual trust between the organisation and Skunkworks with very close cooperation and liaison on a day-to-day basis. This cuts down misunderstanding and correspondence to an absolute minimum.
  13. Access by outsiders to the project and its personnel will be strictly controlled by appropriate barriers
  14. Our expectation is because only a few people will be used in engineering and most other areas with increased responsibility, they will be appropriately recompensed.
  15. We don’t work with the Navy. Ever.
  16. No documents longer than 20 pages or meetings with more than 15 people.
  17. If you only let us build something ugly, it’s going to operate ugly.