I've just finished reading this story about a scientific calculator software from the first Apple PowerPC.
It's about two workes of Apple that were fired and so, their project was cancelled (the calculator), but they started to work by themselves, sneaking into Apple's offices and building a small group of "inside" collaborators to finish the project.
Seems that it is a real story, and some parts are really funny. Some excerpts:
• The software hadn't caused the fire; the monitor had just chosen that moment to malfunction.
• [...]so he told his manager that he would start reporting to me. She didn't ask who I was and let him keep his office and badge. In turn, I told people that I was reporting to him. Since that left no managers in the loop, we had no meetings and could be extremely productive.
• The secret to programming is not intelligence, though of course that helps. It is not hard work or experience, though they help, too. The secret to programming is having smart friends.
•[...]they asked, "Who do you report to? What group are you in? Why haven't we seen this earlier?" I explained that I had been sneaking into the building and that the project didn't exist. They laughed, until they realized I was serious. Then they told me, "Don't repeat this story."