More than 14 Reasons to Write a Blog

There are number of reasons to blog. Below are 14 great reasons to have a blog.

#1. A Creative Space

Everyone should build in time though out the day to be creative. This site allows me to do just that.

be creativeSome people paint or draw in their spare time. Like those activities, blogging is a good way to be creative and create something new.

I don’t write every day. Fortunately, I’m able to be creative at work too. But if you don’t have an occupation that allows for creativity in your role (like accountants who can go to jail for being too creative), a blog is a great outlet. Continue reading “More than 14 Reasons to Write a Blog”

Stakeholder Register in Project Management

project management stakeholdersIdentifying stakeholders is a key step of project initiation. Listing all stakeholders in a register is an easy and effective way of tracking them. This register will come in handy throughout the rest of your project, especially when assessing communications and risks. Continue reading “Stakeholder Register in Project Management”

Prudential’s Asset Allocation Quiz is Amazing

Today I’m writing about Prudential’s Asset Allocation tool, and how it amazed me.

If you don’t know what an asset allocation quiz is, it’s a tool that financial intuitions created to provide advice on how to invest. These tools are often designed as a series of short questions about your investment horizon, risk tolerance and investment goals. Based on how you answer the questions, the tool will tell you how you should allocate your investments.

Up until now, I always considered these tools to be worthless. I know a fair amount about investing, and the results I got from these were always too conservative.

I’ve taken a number of these quizzes over the last 15 years. No matter what the quiz, I never agreed with the results. In fact, I used to take them just to see how bad the advice was. Continue reading “Prudential’s Asset Allocation Quiz is Amazing”

The Project Management Murder Board

murder boardA murder board usually refers a process where a committee of senior managers and/or subject matter experts scrutinize projects as a part of the project selection process. The committee attempts to stop (or murder) a project before it’s undertaken.

Aside from project selection, a murder board can also refer to a tool used to:
– prepare for presentations
– perfect project plans Continue reading “The Project Management Murder Board”

Seven Reasons To Invest In Bank Of America Heading In 2017

Update: I exited my position in BAC on March 22nd, 2017 after it was obvious that the GOP was struggling to pass healthcare reform. Two days later, congress said they would not vote on this issue as they did not have enough support to pass their bill.

This is significant. Two reasons I took this position was due to Trump’s campaign promises of repealing/changing Dodd-Frank and corporate tax reform. Not only are Trump’s campaign promises questionable, but his failure in reforming Obamacare (which was a day one issue for him) makes me think that he could struggle to accomplish most of his agenda. That said, I no longer think this is a great investment opportunity, especially at the March 22 price point (which was significantly higher than when I originally recommended this investment) .

The original post is below:

bank of americaThere are a few times in the life of an investor when the stars align and you find a trade that you’re confident will earn nice return. I’m 38 years old, and I’ve been investing since I was 18. This trade is only the second time in my life that I feel I found an investment that will easily outperform the S&P 500 over next several years.

Bank of America is positioned very well for 2017 and beyond. Below I outline seven reasons why this stock is a good buy heading into the new year. Continue reading “Seven Reasons To Invest In Bank Of America Heading In 2017”

How to make a Die Hard Christmas Ornament

Yesterday a picture of a Die Hard  Christmas ornament circulated the internet. That picture is on the right.

Thi is from the scene when our hero, John McClane, is crawling through the ventilation shafts in the Nakatomi Building. Terrorists have taken over of a company Christmas party that McClane’s wife invited him to. Being a bad ass cop from New York, McClane decides to take out the group of terrorists (crawling through vents and losing his shoes in the process).

Die Hard is a Christmas Movie

Die Hard Ornament
Come out to the coast, get together, we’ll have a few laughs…

As a child of the 1980’s, I consider Die Hard is one of the best Christmas movies of all time. When I saw this DIY ornament online, I immediately wanted to create one. So I did!

After all, it only makes sense to have a Die Hard Christmas ornament on your tree. Below are some easy steps on how to make your own. Continue reading “How to make a Die Hard Christmas Ornament”

The Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act

Program Management Improvement Accountability ActOn 11/30/2016, the US Senate approved the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act. It will now go to President Obama for his signature. He is expected to sign it into law before he leaves office.

The Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act

According to the Project Management Institute, this bill will change program and project management within the U.S government by: Continue reading “The Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act”