Team Chemistry Is the New Holy Grail of Performance Analytics - Michael Schrage - Harvard Business Review

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But the larger emergent conference theme was that sports quants and analysts—as well as coaches and general managers—were becoming more creative, innovative and aggressive in identifying not only what player combinations and match-ups were more effective but what were the “special ingredients” and “secret sauces” that went into that success. 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?