Project Management

The Social PM: How ‘The Scroll’ Can Power Your Project

Rachel is a certified PMP with over 13 years of experience in project and program management. She has worked in several different industries over the years, including military, healthcare/insurance, retail, and sports media.

If you’re like me, some of your best ideas come to you in the middle of the night: 3 a.m., mind racing, thinking about a meeting earlier in the day or planning your work around tomorrow’s schedule, desperately trying not to check if you got any midnight emails.

When I have moments like this, it’s often because something in my work day felt unfinished or uninspired, something small and nagging that has to be fixable—if only I could find the right solution.

In January of 2022, after five years at a job I liked and a role I finally felt I was growing into, my partner’s job took my family overseas for a grand adventure to Europe. I tried everything to keep my job and work remotely, but tax and other complications meant it wouldn’t be possible. I grieved a bit for the projects I wouldn’t be able to see through, but vowed that learning the local language and doing more writing would be my new fulfillment.

The hard part, I found, is that you can take the PM out of the office, but you can’t take the office out of the PM. So here I am, sharing my hairbrained middle-of-the-night thoughts and reflections with my community, in the only way I can currently give back.

The Power of “The Scroll”
A few months after we moved, I talked to a former colleague of mine, catching up on what was going on back in the office without…

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"People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in the world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and, if they can't find them, make them."

- George Bernard Shaw