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Category: Cadence Meetings

You can find an introduction to the Cadence Meetings in Chapter 16 of Where the Action Is.

Cadence meetings include meetings like day-to-day team check-ins, weekly project status meetings, One-on-Ones, and board meetings—all the regularly repeated meetings that make up the vast majority of the meetings held in the modern workplace. These meetings involve existing groups executing on known work. They maintain and shape the organization's current state.

Meeting Agenda Templates and Guides

How to run a Team Check-In and Report-Out Meeting

Elise Keith - Purpose: To ensure everyone has accurate information about what’s going on in the team, identify barriers to execution that need to be solved, and prepare updates to share with the rest of the organization. Expected Outcomes: Everyone has current information Answers to open questions Action items created for... [ more ]

Lucid Blog Posts

Elise Keith (2022). Want to quickly make an enormous impact on the meetings in your organization? Roll out an effective strategy for your Team Cadence and Progress Check meetings.

Elise Keith (2020). On April 1, 2020, we hosted a webinar with principals at the Mission Critical Teams Institute. We explored the communication practices business teams can learn from mission critical teams (firefighters, military, medical, and others who handle emergencies for a living) as we all work to adapt in times of rapid change.

Elise Keith (2019). In the past three articles, we looked at Meeting Flow Models in detail. Today, we're going to zoom out a bit and look at how those Meeting Flow Models work as part of a larger MOS. Next–you guessed it–we'll zoom out even further to look at the overall Communication Architecture.

Elise Keith (2019). It doesn't matter what kind of team you work on or what you're trying to do - if you can't get that team to all agree and do their part, you fail. We're coming up on our 10th anniversary here at Lucid, and over all those years, we've done our fair share of failing. One of our more painful failures came about through a failure to effectively communicate. This model is used to support our teams as they work; it is not meant to force anyone into a following a rigid process. While some simple business processes can and should use prescriptive MFMs, complex multi-stakeholder learning projects like this one should be guided rather than constrained.

Elise Keith (2019). Starting with an existing MFM is obviously easier and faster, so if you can find one that's designed to achieve the same kind of goals you're trying to achieve, use it as a starting place. That said, even if you start with a fully baked MFM, you'll probably want to adapt it for your team. Here's an overview of how we get to that point.

Elise Keith (2019). Here at Lucid, we call the design of a series of meetings related to a specific business process Meeting Flow Modeling. Meeting Flow Models provide a central pillar around which you can design a process's larger Communication Architecture.

Elise Keith (2019). At Lucid Meetings, our mission is to make it easy for teams to run successful meetings every day. Teaching teams the skills they need to run successful meetings seems like an obvious way for us to fulfill this mission, which is why we've now opened our first courses to students. We opened Meeting School now because, after over a decade of research and work with high-performing organizations, we know what works.

Glossary of Meeting Terms

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What value do your meetings create? When you improve the productivity of your meetings, you ensure your team can answer that question. You can capture that value by asking for their BLUF: Bottom Line Up Front. A BLUF...


The Write, Read, Discuss technique was popularized by Amazon as a way to replace PowerPoint presentations in meetings.a Here's what it looks like: Written Briefings: Provide detailed written reports and...