About POP—Plan On a Page, and
Dr. Rick Hubbard PMP, SMP
Project Strategist
Plan On a Page's author, Dr. Rick Hubbard PMP, SMP

Dr. Rick Hubbard’s work to create the Plan On a Page (POP)—the simplest, easiest planning and project management system—began in the mid-1980’s.

At the time—while employed as a Consulting Manager with a Big-5 firm—Rick’s consulting work included “project remediation;” which means…fixing failing projects.

  • There were so many failed/severely impaired efforts…the project remediation practice was quite good. Too good. “Professionally unsettling,” in Rick’s words.

In 1985, Rick set out to avoid problems with projects; not fix them.

This led to creating, testing & refining simple, easy-to-use, project management systems fostering project success.

  • Decades later…thousands of projects…hundreds of Practitioners…the results of this work speak for themselves.
  • In a technology sector where the Standish Group’s Chaos Report reports that two out of three reported projects are severely impaired or fail outright—POP enjoy greater than a 96% success rate.

Rick has applied the Plan On a Page methods for employers (including the largest enterprise software platform firm; a leading competitor in the technically-demanding Enterprise Search industry; a pioneer of Digital Analytics); clients; start-ups; and many others.

  • As a speaker and author, he mixes humor with rigor to entertain and inspire audiences to create lasting business value.

Dr. Hubbard earned a BS in Computer Science, an MBA in Finance, and a Doctorate in Computer Science. He’s the first to tell you that…none of that matters as much as the decades of success borne from applying POP for the benefit of business & technology executives and project managers in dozens of countries like you.

In addition to POP-Advisory and training engagements for many of the nation’s largest & finest firms—Rick leverages System Dynamics to solve difficult problems in the realms of Corporate Strategy, Technology, and Project Management. He is also a Professor, teaching Strategy, Project Management, Software Engineering and System Dynamics.

Dr. Hubbard has been recognized a “PMP” (Project Management Professional) Member of the Project Management Institute (PMI); “SMP” (Strategic Management Professional) Member of the Association for Strategic Planning (ASP); a Fellow of the Strategic Planning Society; a “CBA” (Certified Business Architect) Member of the Business Architects Association (BAA); a “CSM” (Certified ScrumMasters) Member of the Scrum Alliance; a member of the System Dynamics Society; and a Senior Member of the IEEE.


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