The COAA Way. You know it when you see it. You walk into a Project Meeting and you can feel it.  A Project Team is working together toward a common goal, sharing the load, the effort, and the outcomes.  When you walk the site, you see it and hear it. It is well organized and efficient.  There is a calm sense of urgency and purpose.  The Owner, Builder, and Design Professional are touring the site, reviewing the progress, addressing issues, and looking for ways to improve.  There are challenges there, but you are not worried.  You know the team will solve them together and be successful. This is The COAA Way.  You know it, you can see it, you can feel it.  But can you put it into words?  We can.

The COAA Way is a “way” for completing projects successfully, a desire to continuously improve, and a belief that working collaboratively will lead to greater success. It is not based on a specific formula or a certain technology or set of rules for, as we all have experienced, those things change over time. Instead, it is based on the principle that a team of PEOPLE – led by a “Good Owner,” sharing BEST PRACTICES in a CULTURE built on trust & respect – will complete BETTER PROJECTS.

Welcome to The COAA Way podcast, where project leadership and reflective stories take center stage!

In each fast-paced episode, you'll hear from a number of interesting, seasoned, and entertaining guests as they share their journeys and reflect on what has shaped them along the way.


The COAA Way in Action!

Illustrating The COAA Way can be tough since it’s both a tangible and intangible concept.  How do you take a picture of fairness, culture, or trust?

It’s sort of like some other things in life – you’ll know it when you see or experience it!  And when you do, we’re asking that you pause and share so we can build a collection of The COAA Way examples.

Send your examples of The COAA Way in action to COAA’s Executive Director, Howie Ferguson.


Click below the microphone to hear a "learning bite" on The COAA Way ... an audio-only explanation by John Zahor from UMBC.

If you are interested in helping, please contact Howie Ferguson or John Zahor.