Date: Tuesday 1 December 2020

Time: 12:30 – 13:10

Cost: FREE

Join Patrick Woodman (Editor Dialogue Magazine) and Ian Clarkson (PPM Consultant, QA) in conversation as they talk about the adaptive project professional and what this means for the future of project management. Ian will be posing the questions followed by the opportunity to ask your own questions to Patrick.

Ian will be asking Patrick the following questions:

  • Can you provide a summary of where we are with the Projecting the Future (PtF) initiative?
  • PtF talks about an adaptive project professional - what does this term mean?
  • How do organisations and individuals need to change to create the adaptive project professional?
  • What’s your response to the challenge that the adaptive project professional is only applicable to larger organisations?
  • Is the profession at risk of losing its identity with the adaptive project professional?
  • Do you think businesses want, and are ready, for the adaptive project professional?

Target Audience

Anyone involved in projects, or with an interest in projects.


Patrick Woodman, Editor Dialogue Magazine, freelance business writer, researcher and communications consultant.

Patrick Woodman is a freelance business writer, researcher and communications consultant. He has been working with the Association for Project Management (APM) on Projecting the Future since 2018, and was the lead author on the eight papers published in the series, which are available on APM’s website.

Patrick is also Editor of Dialogue, the official leadership and management journal magazine of Duke Corporate Education. Published quarterly, Dialogue features some of the world’s leading business thinkers, writing on topics including leadership and people, innovation and technology, and strategy and operations. Dialogue is available free of charge at

Previously, Patrick was Head of Research & Advocacy at the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), and the former head of members comms and PR. He led CMI’s research across a broad range of management and leadership topics including diversity and inclusion, education and skills, and ethics and business culture.

Dr Ian Clarkson, PPM Consultant / Author / Speaker

Ian is a highly experienced consultant, author, trainer and speaker with over 20 years’ experience in project management, and programme management (PPM), organisational change and learning – working with organisations in all sectors

Ian was an author of the APM Body of Knowledge (BoK) 6, a member of the Reference Group for PRINCE2 6th Edition, and a member of the Global Review Group for MSP 5th Edition. Ian was on the technical advisory board for the development of the APM Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management, and also for the update to the APM suite of certifications for BoK 6. Ian is a regular blogger, podcaster, contributor to the APM’s Project The Future Challenge Paper 6, APM Blogs, and for Project Manager Today Magazine.

Ian is passionate about helping organisations improve PPM delivery, and encouraging the next generation of PPM professionals. When he’s not helping organisations transform Ian reads the latest articles and research on the topic. Maybe he should just get out more instead!

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