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What Is Kanban Cadence?

In an Agile organization, Kanban cadence represents the flow and rhythm of Kanban meetings. These meetings are not run the same as they are in Scrum. Each team member is free to participate without committing to regular time-boxed meetings

The goal of Kanban cadence is to maintain a steady rhythm of meetings to ensure that teams can meet their set objectives and provide the best possible product or support for the end-user. 

The Kanban cadence involves a set of seven meetings that are divided into three groups (feedback loops). These meeting groups are:

  • Getting things done
  • Doing what needs to be done 
  • Improving workflow 
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What are the 7 Kanban cadence meetings?

The seven Kanban cadence meetings are:

  1. Daily standup meetings
    The goal of this meeting is to gather team members and talk about what work is being done, how it is carried out, and how it can be improved. 

  2. Weekly replenishment/commitments meeting
    This meeting involves filling the Kanban board with set objectives and outlining how team members will achieve each objective.

  3. Bi-weekly service delivery review
    This meeting involves obtaining customer feedback and implementing suggested changes where necessary. 

  4. Delivery planning meeting
    The Kanban team will need to make regular updates and provide new results from
    each meeting. 

  5. Monthly risk review
    This Kanban meeting is to identify impediments that could stall the team’s performance. 

  6. Bi-monthly operations review meeting
    During this Kanban cadence, various team members from different departments gather to examine the whole project workflow and identify areas for improvement. 

  7. Quarterly strategy review
    This final meeting is held to review the project strategy. Stakeholders gather to figure out how to move forward regarding the company’s set objectives. 

Each meeting serves a particular goal in the organization.