Evaluating an Existing Slam Team

If you’re already working in a team, you can use SLAM as a filter to know how your team can improve.

Ask yourself:

  1. Does my team have the ability to determine how to get the work done?
  2. Does my team have only the essential people needed to do the work? If not, how might we make the team leaner?
  3. Does my team know what decisions we can make? Do we have the authority to make decisions on all things that will not cause immediate damage to the business?
  4. Does my team have all the skills necessary to get the job done?

It's important to understand that a SLAM team is simply a working team dedicated to a project that operates according the self-organizing, lean, autonomous, and multi-disciplinary principles. You may already be on a SLAM team without knowing it!

If you’re looking to increase your team’s adoption of SLAM principles, there are a steps you can take to make it easier:

  1. Set the team’s purpose
  2. Define roles and accountabilities
  3. Set clear decision rights