Meeting/Event Information

Business as Unusual - Learning and Innovating with Peers

Who has time to work on continuous improvement, finding relevant lessons learned, and testing new ideas for our companies, our projects, and ourselves? Anyone can, if they make it a priority for personal growth and corporate strategy.

In this program, we will discuss how a dozen companies in Greater Boston formed an Owner-Architect-Engineer-Contractor Peer Learning Lab (OAEC-PLL) to discuss and improve the processes around Project Team Alignment, Owner Decision-making, Management of Design & Delivery Processes, and Knowledge Management. Our mission is to “Build a Project Culture that Fosters Respect and Trust through Collaborative Learning and Experimentation.” The presenters delivered a similar program at ABX 2018 and look forward to sharing their experiences with CMAA New England.

We will review how we established our mission and goals, determined how we interact, shared our lessons learned, and conducted our small experiments. Program attendees will also participate in facilitated small group discussions to experience first-hand how we learned with peers. In doing so, we hope to inspire program attendees to consider forming their own peer learning labs to do the same.

Michael Kyes

Architecture Department Lead


Bernadette Muncy

Senior Associate, Arch. Discipline Lead


Matt Roberts

Senior Associate, Architect, PM


Jessica Stebbins

Principal, Health Market Sector Leader


Cynthia Tsao


Navilean, LLC

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how to leverage a peer group to help identify and share best practices in Project Team Alignment, Owner Decision-making, and Design Development
  • Understand how to leverage a peer group to help coach members as they test new practices and conduct small experiments to improve Project Team Alignment, Owner Decision-making, and Design Development
  • Explain the concept of "Design for Release,” including why it is critical for project success yet challenging to achieve on our projects
  • Learn the basic steps for establishing a similar peer group / Community of Practice to help push the envelope of learning and practice

Event Date, Time & Location:
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
7:30 AM – Registration & Breakfast
8:00 AM – Presentation & Questions
9:00 AM – Questions and Closing

Wentworth Institute of Technology
Beatty Hall, Rm 119 (Back of Cafeteria)
550 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Unfortunately, parking at Wentworth is unavailable. Public parking is available near the Museum of Fine Arts (20 Museum Rd, Boston, MA 02115). Or take the Green Line E Train to Museum of Fine Arts stop.

Please register on line at: Select your event and method of payment. Select: $35 for CMAA members, $50 for non-members, $15 for Public Owners, Registered students attend for free.


$35.00 Member Ticket

$50.00 Non-Member Ticket

$15.00 Public Owner Ticket

$0.00 Student Ticket

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