Is “making teams better” the new holy grail of performance analytics?
Fresh from the annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, HBR blogger and MIT Research Fellow Michael Schrage notes that one of the top themes of the event was how to move beyond the Moneyball-like era of predicting and assessing individual performance and focusing on teamness.
More quantitative attention is being paid to how well players improve the in-game performances of their teammates. Are their particular game situations where their positive — or negative — influence is statistically pronounced?
Can that impact be meaningfully correlated with psychological attributes or other behavioral characteristics? Indeed, how can the coaches improve the TQ — Teamness Quotient — of their players’ performances? Read more…