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MOCHA Decision-Making Model 

11-30-2022 01:31 PM

MOCHA is a tool for establishing clear roles on projects. In most settings, projects involve contributions from multiple people. 

MOCHA stands for:

  • Manager: Supports and holds owner accountable through delegation. Serves as a resource, shares feedback, asks probing questions, reviews progress, and intervenes if the work is off-track. This person may or may not be the owner’s supervisor.
  • Owner: Has overall responsibility for driving the project forward and coordinating steps to accomplish the goal. Ensures all the work gets done (directly or with helpers) and involves others (consults) in a meaningful way. There should only be one owner.
  • Consulted: Provides input and perspective. May share resources or referrals.
  • Helper: Implements aspects of the work and actively contributes to project success. The helper may own a significant area of work with its own MOCHA (we call this a cascading MOCHA).
  • Approver: Signs off on the final product or key decisions. May be the owner or manager, though it can also be a person or group with a clear decision-making role on the project.


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