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Spanish term or phrase:grupos de trabajo informales
English translation:skunk works
Entered by: charlesink
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06:18 Jan 9, 2001
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Tech/Engineering
Spanish term or phrase: Skunk works
Skunk works
Skunk works developing new products cannot be controlled through a formal structure, but skilled projects managers can easily sense ehether things are on track or not
charlesink
Local time: 07:46
Begging to differ with Zirion...
Explanation:
There's nothing illicit, illegal, improper, or otherwise fishy about skunk-works projects (despite the fact that the term derives from a popular mid-20th-century American comic strip, with reference to an illegal liquor distilling project in the Appalachian hills).

In the interest of efficiency, projects in the U.S. aerospace industry are sometimes assigned to a small group of engineers and designers, who are employees of the company (such as Lockheed, McDonnell-Douglas, Boeing, et al.) but who work outside the usual bureaucratic structure and its burdensome reporting and administrative requirements. ("Hunter team" and "hunting group" are synonyms.) As a result, projects are often completed within unusually short periods of time, thanks to the concentrated efforts of a small group of skilled individuals.

Hope this helps!
HC
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Heathcliff
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Local time: 02:46
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thanks for explanation.
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naBegging to differ with Zirion...Heathcliff
naSkunk work = trabajos hechos por personas no oficialmente calificadas.Ana-Maria Hulse


  

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Skunk work = trabajos hechos por personas no oficialmente calificadas.


Explanation:
It seems to me this is a colloquial way or saying that those works that have been given to third parties "under the table" in order to expedite the completion of the project, cannot be controlled in a structured way, but an alert project manager can see there is something "fishy" if they do not go well.

Ana-Maria Hulse
United States
Local time: 02:46
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish
PRO pts in pair: 61

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Begging to differ with Zirion...


Explanation:
There's nothing illicit, illegal, improper, or otherwise fishy about skunk-works projects (despite the fact that the term derives from a popular mid-20th-century American comic strip, with reference to an illegal liquor distilling project in the Appalachian hills).

In the interest of efficiency, projects in the U.S. aerospace industry are sometimes assigned to a small group of engineers and designers, who are employees of the company (such as Lockheed, McDonnell-Douglas, Boeing, et al.) but who work outside the usual bureaucratic structure and its burdensome reporting and administrative requirements. ("Hunter team" and "hunting group" are synonyms.) As a result, projects are often completed within unusually short periods of time, thanks to the concentrated efforts of a small group of skilled individuals.

Hope this helps!
HC

Heathcliff
United States
Local time: 02:46
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 843
Grading comment
thanks for explanation.

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