Tag: Sports

Analyzing MLB Tommy John Surgeries: Data Insights and Trends from 2000-2024

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tl;dr summary: This post examines the trend of Tommy John surgeries in MLB and MiLB using Process Behavior Charts, revealing that the perceived surge...

Is Andre Drummond Sustaining His Free Throw Improvements? [Updated 2023]

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Last year, I looked at the free throw statistics of Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons. News headlines talked about how much he had improved his free throws, so I looked at one of his performance metrics (free throw percentage) to see if the increase was "signal" or "noise." Why write about basketball? Well, there are lessons that we can learn and apply to our own workplace metrics, as I write about in my book Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More.

Did the MLB’s New Pitch Clock Rule Work? An In-Depth Analysis...

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tl;dr: In the blog post, we delve into MLB's ongoing struggle with slow and lengthy games, analyzing recent rule changes aimed at reducing game...

The Perils of Incentive Clauses in College Football: A Case Study...

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tl;dr: This blog post analyzes the unusual incentive clause in the contract of Iowa football's offensive coordinator, Brian Ferentz, which mandates a minimum average...

Analyzing Rare Events, Like MLB Perfect Games, with Process Behavior Charts

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In my book Measures of Success, I share what I've learned about the "Process Behavior Chart" methodology for management metrics and business performance measures....

Advice About Dealing with the Mistaken Confetti Drop at an NBA...

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This was in the news the other day, and it's fun to talk about mistakes that don't harm or kill anybody: Confetti delays Celtics-Hawks Game...

Super Bowl XLII: Experimenting with New Grass Proves Slippery for the...

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This was a big mistake on the biggest stage for the biggest American sports league. I wouldn't say it ruined the game, but it...

An Amazing Reframing of Failure, in Sports and at Work

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I love this clip of John Amaechi (also embedded below), a former NBA player turned psychologist from England. He's very wise, and I've...

A Chart is a Picture That’s Worth More Than a Thousand...

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I recently saw this article in the Washington Post: This MLB season, the ball is making everyone batty Major League Baseball has been trying to reduce...

Congratulations to Gregg Popovich, Winningest NBA Coach and a Great Leader

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When I lived in San Antonio (2012 to 2015), I became a huge fan of the San Antonio Spurs. I mean, it's a civic...

Prof. Elliott Weiss on Steph Curry Tweaking His 3-Point Shot and...

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Scroll down for how to subscribe, transcript, and more My guest for Episode #439 of the Lean Blog Interviews Podcast is Elliott Weiss, the Oliver...

Throwback Thursday: Consternation Again Over a New NBA Ball

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It's been a while since I've done a "Throwback Thursday" post, but I saw some news stories late last year that reminded me of...