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World Cup Management: Data Or Intuition?
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Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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6/12/2014 | 1:30:39 AM
Cold and Heartless Data
I think Data-Driven management has it's place. But personally I would never allow it to surpress intuition.   Making decisions based on data often makes the person or company carrying this out to be  often cold and heartless - not the way I want to live my life or run a business.

A healthy balance can be found - believe it or not.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/11/2014 | 11:41:48 AM
Re: Do we have to worry about that anymore?
@SaneIT- I doubt we'lll ever go to a robot manager simply because we'll be bigoted against them. Some team will try it, the players will rebel and play poorly. Or they will try it and win easily and they will be banned. 

I would asusme that robots could handle strategy and tactics, but I wonder if we can build a reasonable people manager that could manage when someone is tired and needs to be substituted or replaced before we just switch to all robot players.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/11/2014 | 11:34:51 AM
Re: Do we have to worry about that anymore?
@Rich- I think we have to worry about it MORE. We've got all this data, too much data, and we're overwhelmed by it. How do we manage it all in a way that makes good use of the data?
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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6/11/2014 | 7:27:57 AM
Re: Do we have to worry about that anymore?
I guess it's only a matter of time before robot coaches are telling players where to be, how to improve a specific skill set that the team needs and putting together perfect teams that just stand there looking at each other because each one is perfectly matched so there is no point in playing.  We'll just have machines running millions of simulations trying to find a bug in the robot coach's planning that will let them tally up 1/10000th of a point.
Broadway0474
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6/10/2014 | 10:57:54 PM
Re: Ja Wohl Deutschland!
While we're on the topic of World Cup memories, back in 1998 I was in Mexico during the WC. They tied somebody --- maybe it was Italy, the masters of the tie --- and you would think they won the whole tournament. It was the middle of the day, and the entire city of Oaxaca shut down. Cars and people paraded throught the streets, blaring horns, shouting, laughing.
LUFU
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LUFU,
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6/10/2014 | 7:11:06 PM
Re: Ja Wohl Deutschland!
Ha! An Arsenal fan will know they are never walking alone when they have someone blowing a Vuvuzela in their ear!
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/10/2014 | 7:08:40 PM
Re: Ja Wohl Deutschland!
@lufu- I like the vuvuzelas. :)

Yes, I agree. There is a real joy and camraderie around soccer. I like the singing. I especially like how the Arsenal fans sing "You Never Walk Alone" win, lose, or draw. It seems like a nice sentiment. As long as there are Arsenal fans none of them is alone. 

OK, I'm getting overly sentimental about soccer now. :)
LUFU
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LUFU,
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6/10/2014 | 6:56:47 PM
Re: Ja Wohl Deutschland!
@David - I always get the sense there is more "joy" in fans (excluding the hooligans) for football AKA, soccer in the US, than other sports. The first time I got the sense of the game and its relevance was back in '78 in an Istanbul cafe without about 100 people congregating around a small black and white TV watching Argentina vs The Netherlands. None of us at the cafe were from those countries but everyone sided with one team or the other and were rooting them on with fervor and enthusiasm. It was a definite worldwide event.

Another time when the US was hosting the World Cup in '94, I was working near Los Gatos in California and that's where the Brazilian team was staying. Every night was Carnivale in Los Gatos with streets, bars, and restaurants just packed with Brazilians, fans, and a party-till-the-cows-come-home joie de vivre the town never experienced before or after.

But can we can the Vuvuzelas?
David Wagner
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6/10/2014 | 6:14:07 PM
Re: Ja Wohl Deutschland!
@lufu- I suspect they'd help anyone who paid. But this does bring up the story I promised to tell about why I cheer for Italy.

Back a few World Cups ago, the US was on a little bit of a surprise run while I was living in Europe. The World Cup is a whole different level of reality in Europe. I watched most of the games in town squares across the continent with thousands of other fans watching big screen TVs. There was a crazy amount of singing and dancing and chanting. It was quite awesome.

However, while we were in Italy, the Italians were shockingly eliminated. We left the square (I think it was in Naples) and let the poor Italians mourn. We went into a restaurant that was entirely empty except for us. There were 8 servers (clealry they were expecting a celebration rush) all in the restaurant just looking sad. Then one of them came up to us and said, "Now that the Italians have been eliminated I'm pulling for USA to win the World Cup. Your team is very nice. You play the game very well."

In a moment of sports mourning, a perfect stranger took the time to say something nice about my team. And needless to say, Americans tourists aren't welcome everywhere. So unless it is the US vs Italy, I always cheer for Italy for a nice waiter at a little restaurant of a town square in Italy. 
LUFU
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LUFU,
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6/10/2014 | 6:03:48 PM
Ja Wohl Deutschland!
Well, SAP just alienated some of their World Cup customers by helping out Germany. Maybe Larry Ellison should kick in some support for the US team to balance the playing field. Or they could  throw-in some pro bono consulting support to Ecuador (#32 rank) to demonstrate real-time data management. Just a thought.
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