Thanks to Statcast, baseball will never be the same

Statistics are everywhere, but nowhere are they more on public display than in Major League Baseball.

In case you missed it, Paul Casella’s 2015 article provides great insight into this wonderful new way to gather performance data.
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By Paul Casella / MLB.com
April 24th, 2015

Have you wondered how fast the ball comes off of Giancarlo Stanton‘s bat? How much ground Andrew McCutchen actually covers in center field? Or just how fast Billy Hamilton really is? Thanks to Statcast, a revolutionary tracking technology, we can finally get definitive answers.

Statcast is already being utilized by Major League front offices, while fans have had the chance to see its groundbreaking abilities in breakdowns of last year’s All-Star Game and postseason, as well as on a few highlight clips this season. The technology will continue to be incorporated into every MLB Network Showcase game, and used to analyze player performance both on the Network and MLB.com.

Here’s a quick primer on what exactly Statcast can do and what it will mean for Major League Baseball:

MLB Tonight: Statcast demo

MLB Tonight: Statcast demo

Harold Reynolds and the MLB Tonight panel discuss how Statcast works to provide in-depth analysis for the future of baseball

What is Statcast?

Statcast, a state-of-the-art tracking technology, is capable of gathering and displaying previously immeasurable aspects of the game.

Click to read the entire article on MLB.com: Statcast primer: Baseball will never be the same | MLB.com

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Got Frustration? Watch this Leadership Nudge from David Marquet

Another great nudge from L David Marquet (@ldavidmarquet)! I work in a gargantuan IT organization where leaders continually beat the drum telling leaders to empower their people. Sadly, I would rate our level of frustration far north of 63%. How about your organization?

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How to know if Kanban is right for your team?

Is Kanban Right for your team? Yep.

This is a nice post from the folks at Breath Agile.


You’ve got the best performers in your team, yet they falter. If this sound familiar to you, it is time to look at a different approach that can help

Source: How to know if Kanban is right for your team? | Breathe Agile

How Effective Leaders Listen

More great Leadership Nudges from David Marquet

If you’re not getting David’s (@ldavidmarquet) weekly Leadership Nudge, you really are missing some great info. This installment provides us a wonderful mnemonic to help us listen more effectively. (IMHO, this tip could/should be re-purposed and titled, “Hey Husbands! Here’s how you can become a better listener!)
Thanks for the great insights David! bh 2017/03/21

Representing data is the best way possible is art and science.

This is an interesting post by machine learning enthusiast Sachin Johglekar. Here’s a quote from the article.

Non-Mathematical Feature Engineering techniques for Data Science – Sachin Joglekar’s blog

Why do I say art/science? Because good Feature Engineering involves an elegant blend of domain knowledge, intuition, and basic mathematical abilities. Heck, the most effective data representation ‘hacks’ barely involve any mathematical computation at all! (As I will explain in a short while).

What do I mean by ‘best’? In essence, the way you present your data to your algorithm should denote the pertinent structures/properties of the underlying information in the most effective way possible. When you do feature engineering, you are essentially converting your data attributes into data features.

The article goes on to discuss ways that we present data. It’s thought provoking and definitely worth your time.

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Communicating Change… ick

Change is hard, but communicating changes just stinks. This is a good piece about ways to communicate change using video. Have you used video to communicate change?
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Three ways to use video to communicate change

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Use video to communicate change, connect with audiences, and create a unified change story

We get it. Change is hard.

According to research, one of the main reasons change efforts fail in business is the lack of effective communication. If there’s anything that employees and clients dislike more than uncertainty, it’s silence.

Video is the richest, most engaging communication medium. It’s the opposite of silence. So when inevitable changes occur, video can help you cut through the perceived silence with powerful, nuanced communication.

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Here are three ways you can leverage video to communicate change.

1. Live broadcasts 

Deliver short live interviews with employees or clients – use these events to address changes and the impact of new regulations, merger and acquisitions, staff changes, etc.

For example, there is a lot of uncertainty regarding post-Brexit vote outcomes in the UK and EU. Legal services and financial firms – and others – are leveraging video to reach their customers promptly to help them navigate Brexit. Live streaming video is a great way to interact with your employees and customers in real time. It keeps your organization agile and helps you reach targeted audiences across regions.

Make it personal  video brings the human side of the organization into change initiatives.

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