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Ann Drinkwater

Ann Drinkwater

Ann's twenty years of professional experience has focused on consulting and managing within the disciplines of project management, software development, organizational design, business management and marketing. She has worked with multiple organizations to customize project and software delivery programs, focusing on continuous improvement and the resulting quality of all project interaction and deliverables. For optimal project value and goal attainment, she brings an integrated marketing view to all projects, ensuring all aspects of promotion and positioning are integrated within the project planning and delivery processes.

Educationally Ann holds four degrees and multiple certificates spanning twelve years of formal university training, including a Master of Science in Technology Management and Executive Education Programs completed at the University of Notre Dame and Villanova University. She has been a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) since 2004, a certified ScrumMaster since 2007 and has been a member of the Washington D.C. Chapter of the Project Management Institute since 2003.

Her contributions to the project management industry include dozens of published articles in leading industry journals and online communities such as: Cutter Consortium, Project Connections, Projects at Work, PM Boulevard, PM Hut and eZine Articles. Her viewpoints are focused on the blending of industry standards and best practices with practical wisdom. From a business and technology standpoint, Ann is an active book reviewer for, a Division of Software Quality Engineering.

Be Authentic
By Ann Drinkwater
Good or bad, I am always the same. In my profession, I may tailor my message to my audience, but my core values, personality and ideas are the same regardless... Read More»

Ideas That Stick
By Ann Drinkwater
If you follow my column, you have seen my articles on how good project managers have radar and are able to predict situations. Good project managers are also strong, insightful... Read More»

No Pain No Gain
By Ann Drinkwater
Exceptional project management is an uncomfortable place. Those who are the most successful, are those who swiftly identify risks and are able to provide deep insight into what could happen... Read More»

Managing Team Stress
By Ann Drinkwater
As a Project Manager, you are often a holding tank for team stress. We typically manage multiple teams, functions and our stakeholder group could easily exceed 100. Each team member... Read More»

A Confident and Prepared Experience
By Ann Drinkwater
A year ago I had a less than desirable personal service performed. What I was told was a very small, routine dental procedure, that according to the computer would take... Read More»

Call It What It Is
By Ann Drinkwater
Anyone in the project management field has heard of gold plating. For those less familiar with the term it basically means adding features outside the original scope and requirements. Working... Read More»

Strengthening and Enforcing Our Profession
By Ann Drinkwater
In order to be an effective project manager, we should look at our definition of project management. Definitions surprisingly vary greatly by organization and individual. While there are different forms... Read More»

Developing Confident Leaders
By Ann Drinkwater
In knowledge work, there is no line manager. Knowledge work involves professionals. Professionals are paid to solve problems and get results. Regardless of position, we are obligated to take ownership... Read More»

Lessons from the Field
By Ann Drinkwater
Professional sports can be inspiring. As I eagerly await this season, I think back at the qualities exhibited by my team’s leader. Facing many challenges under high scrutiny, this individual... Read More»

Startup Rewards
By Ann Drinkwater
Imagine you no longer have access to your vast array of team members and skills. You walk into work and are now individually responsible for marketing, selling, managing, testing, delivering... Read More»

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