Our Story

Cirdan Group launched in 2003 to address a clear need in the public sector for the utilization of project management best practices to minimize cost, schedule, and quality risk. Our first project was an independent assessment of an $80M State of Maryland information technology project – our assessment saved the state millions of dollars. Today, we are a well-established firm known for our no-nonsense program and project management expertise. To date, we have performed more than 30 IV&Vs for our clients, all of whom are repeat customers. Our clients also rely on us to provide project management, business analysis, technical writing, and procurement management support. Cirdan Group is the proud recipient of a State of Maryland Governor’s Citation in recognition of its outstanding consulting and technology services.

Our Purpose

Cirdan Group was founded with one clear mission:  We will earn the trust of our clients by consistently delivering superior, proven solutions. We will achieve this mission by embracing a partnership philosophy to create relevant, innovative solutions that improve our clients’ program performance and ensure success. 

As part of our mission, we embrace these values:

Creating Loyal Clients.

We anticipate, understand, and meet our clients’ evolving needs. We deliver the unexpected and provide lasting value. Our clients believe we are partners, serving as a perpetual resource.

Team Member Excellence.

Our success depends on the intelligence and energy of our colleagues. Our people are our most important asset, so we hire highly-qualified talent to ensure the utmost quality service.


Integrity is the foundation of character. Each team member is accountable for the highest standards of behavior, including honesty and fairness in every aspect of our work.


We recognize that our clients know their business, and we engage them from the start to understand larger strategies and establish objectives. Listening is a key strength, and we huddle with our colleagues to gain fresh insight into everyday challenges.


We deliver on our promises, do what we say we will do, and recognize that the process of delivery is as important as the delivery itself.


We can be trusted only if we deserve that trust. Our actions define our competency and demonstrate results, ultimately earning our clients’ trust.

Our Team

Our people are our most important asset. Our success – and therefore, our clients’ success depends on the intelligence and energy of our colleagues. All of our senior consultants offer decades of hands-on experience in program and project management and all have a passion for client success.

Cirdan Group is led by a talented team of experienced PMPs and executives:

Joanne P. Vatz, PMP
President and Founder

Joanne is the President and owner of Cirdan Group, Inc. She is a certified PMP with over 25 years of experience managing, directing, and developing enterprise-level technology programs for the financial services, government, retail, manufacturing, and health care industries. Her expertise includes IT strategic planning and analysis, risk and program independent verification and validation (IV&V) evaluations, and development of Program Management Offices (PMO). Joanne has worked with many agencies in the State of Maryland, Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown, Credit Suisse First Boston, DuPont, The World Bank, MedStar Health, Branch Banking and Trust, the US Postal Service, and Israel Chemical Corporation. She is a board member of the Multinational Development for Women in Technology and Baltimore’s Lyric Opera Foundation.