Summary of “Eliminate Waste and Improve Efficiency By Using Toyota’s Legendary Productivity Technique”

Over the past four years, I’ve informally polled clients to find out how many of their emails are muda.
Muda can be found in excessive communication or the lack of it, in overproduction, in hasty actions that cause complications down the road, and in the overall waste of time and talent.
What if you’re not exactly clear on the needs of your customers and business? Muda is easier to spot when you’re up against a deadline, or if you have few resources available to you.
Then break your team members into groups and have each group describe and categorize the objects in the pile.
If the groups were told what the categories were and everyone agreed to use the same process to log the items, then the exercise would have been completed much more accurately and in far less time.
If the focus of your organization is not clear or if the people on your team are not aiming for the same goal and do not understand exactly what resources are available to them, then muda becomes inevitable; focus fragments, energy dissipates, and the work environment becomes ripe for conflict.
Does everyone in your group know where your organization stands? Do you all have the same goal and the same idea of how to get there? It’s in people’s nature to work on different activities for different reasons and at different intensities, so fragmentation is inevitable.
Cutting out the non-value added muda activities and focusing on an agreed upon way to reach a common goal-are the quickest ways to cut down on wasted time.

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Summary of “When Will the Premier League Have Another Great Team?”

In 2015-16, the Premier League brought in €4.9 billion in overall revenue, while no other league made more than €2.7 billion.
Of the 28 Champions League semifinalists this decade, only four have been from the Premier League.
With great power has not come a great Premier League team.
There was Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United: six Premier League titles, a Champions League trophy, one runner-up medal, and two more semifinal appearances before 2010.
Arsenal’s Invincibles didn’t lose a Premier League game in 2003-04, giving Arsène Wenger his second title of the decade, as the Frenchman’s now-widespread progressive philosophies overwhelmed the league.
Premier League clubs often have to recover from a Saturday slugfest in time to travel to, say, Portugal for a Champions League match, and then play another game three days later.
Without as many true game-changers across the league, the past two Premier League winners have been teams that finished 14th and 10th in the seasons prior to their championships.
From a points-accrued standpoint, Chelsea and Tottenham were the class of the Premier League in 2016-17-but Tottenham lost one of its starting fullbacks this summer and has yet to bring in any new players, and Chelsea’s summer recruitment doesn’t seem like it’s improved the squad enough to cope with the increased demands of the Champions League.

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Summary of “How 2007 New England Patriots Super Bowl, Spygate changed everything”

Ten years ago this week, the 2007 New England Patriots took to the field for the first time and lost 13-10 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their preseason opener.
After looking back on Tuesday at the on-field success of the 2007 Patriots, on Wednesday I’m evaluating the ways that team influenced how we think about Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the Patriots franchise as a whole a decade later.
The “Tuck Rule” victory over the Oakland Raiders in a snowstorm in the divisional round in 2002 really thrust Brady and the Patriots into the national spotlight, but the win that launched the Patriots dynasty came against the St. Louis Rams as 14-point underdogs in Super Bowl XXXVI. While any team that prevails as two-touchdown underdogs is likely to engender a ton of fan support, the Patriots went a step beyond in terms of broad national appeal.
The NFL and Fox changed the theme of the Super Bowl that year from a Mardi Gras motif to “Hope, Heroes and Homeland.” Patriots owner Robert Kraft jumped on board, saying before the Super Bowl, “I’d like to think it’s part of God’s handiwork we’re in the Super Bowl and we have the name Patriots.” After the game, Kraft let everyone in.
The story polarized any discussion surrounding New England, particularly as it became clear that the 2007 Patriots were a special football team on the field.
Jets coach Eric Mangini, a former Patriots defensive coordinator under Belichick, might very well have been lobbing the complaint as an annoyance after the Patriots accused the Jets of tampering with New England’s attempt to trade Deion Branch the previous year, a claim that was denied.
While they might very well have had tapes from years past before they were submitted to Roger Goodell and subsequently destroyed, every single team playing the Patriots from Week 2 on that season would have changed its signals to avoid any possibility that New England would have a competitive edge.
If you talk to NFL executives operating outside of New England there’s certainly a perception that the Patriots and Belichick aren’t always operating on the level, even if they aren’t specifically concerned about the Spygate or Deflategate scandals.

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Summary of “The Last Bad Patriots Team”

“Sure enough,” Milloy said of their conversation, “It was about Belichick.” Days prior, in the immediate aftermath of the Patriots losing six of their final eight games and missing the ’99 playoffs, Kraft fired Pete Carroll.
“-Former Patriots linebacker Chris Slade The local businessman spent much of the ’90s attempting to find a new home for the Patriots, who at the time played in painfully outdated Foxboro Stadium.
In 1999, after a quest marked by flirtations with South Boston, Providence, and Hartford, Kraft brokered an agreement to build the Patriots a privately funded new stadium in Foxborough.
First, the Patriots inquired about interviewing Belichick and the Jets denied the request.
Ian O’Connor, then with suburban New York paper The Journal News, even wrote a column headlined “Patriots will regret hiring Belichick.” Last August, Hayden Bird of Boston.com dug up the article and later interviewed its author, who called the piece his “Version of Pete Carroll throwing the ball at the goal line.”
As bad as it looks now, bashing the Patriots for bringing on Belichick wasn’t quite a ghost-pepper-level hot take.
“Bill definitely saw something in [Brady]. You never hear of teams keeping a fourth-string quarterback.”-Former Patriots offensive lineman Joe Andruzzi Milloy admits now that he didn’t know what the Patriots had in Brady.
On December 17, after the Patriots defeated the Bills, 13-10, at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Brown, Terry Glenn, and Law requested permission to not board the team charter.

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Summary of “The New England Patriots Have Mastered the Art of the Steal”

Here’s the thing: Can anyone stop them? Five weeks before the season kicks off, New England is favored to win every game it plays in 2017.
The Patriots love it: For one, they know they are getting young, proven, cost-controlled players and they know exactly what they have to give up.
Corry said the Patriots love trading for players because only their salary counts against the cap.
New England lets the team that drafted and/or signed the player to the initial contract take the cap hit for the signing bonus, then they acquire the lowest-risk portion of the deal, since the dead cap money usually stays with the team that initially signed the player.
The reason they were able to grab Vrabel and Colvin on the cheap: Along with only two other teams, the Patriots were playing the 3-4 defense, so most players who fit their defense didn’t necessarily fit those of 29 other clubs.
Belichick then suggests that part of the reason New England eventually moved away from a typical 3-4 is that too many teams adopted it, and thus those types of players became overvalued.
They Have a Plan More than any other team, according to Patriots sources, Belichick puts the onus on his coaches to come up with plans for specific players.
The Patriots are the NFL’s best argument for being open-minded: Week to week, the game plan changes, and different players take on bigger roles.

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Summary of “Build, influence and legacy of 2007 New England Patriots”

Ten years ago this week, the 2007 New England Patriots took to the field for the first time and lost 13-10 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their preseason opener.
The Dolphins were linked to free-agent wideout Donte’ Stallworth as a possible starter, but six days later, the Patriots added the former Saints first-round pick to their roster instead. Stallworth had been traded to the Eagles just before the 2006 season and put together a disappointing season, so in an attempt to rebuild his value, Stallworth signed a six-year, $33.1 million deal with New England that really amounted to a one-year contract for $3.6 million with a huge unguaranteed bonus in Year 2.
Dennis Erickson had implemented the spread in Seattle with limited success, and the Patriots were implementing it with Brady, as opposed to Rick Mirer and John Friesz, but the Patriots fundamentally introduced a concept and an offense at odds with almost every other NFL team.
Although the Patriots were comfortable leaving Brady in the shotgun in the years before 2007, they really upped the ante during that fateful season.
New England finished 6-0, of course, but its plus-61 point differential over those final six games is the 138th-best of all time and is topped by nine other editions of Belichick-era Patriots.
The Patriots were the best DVOA team ever during the 2007 campaign, but that was before Football Outsiders tracked DVOA going back through 1991.
The Patriots posted a 52.9 percent DVOA in 2007, but even they were topped by the Washington team from 1991.
We can see a world in which these Patriots are absurdly dominant, and that’s because we’ve already seen the 2007 Patriots.

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Summary of “Adam Silver Can’t Fix the Biggest Thing Holding Back the NBA”

The worst teams in the league are given the chance to pick from the best young players in the world, with restricted free agency all but ensuring they will stay with the teams that draft them for their first nine seasons in the league.
Instead of a 25 percent chance of winning the lottery, the team with the worst record in the NBA would have only a 12 percent chance, the same as the teams with the three next-worst records.
There are a lot of poorly run NBA teams who would be wandering in the wilderness forever if they weren’t gifted with high draft picks.
If a team wins fewer than 20 games in a season, they aren’t going to attract any good free agents, and they almost certainly don’t have many players that other teams would want in trades.
The NBA wanted its teams to have as many chances as possible to evaluate potential high draft picks.
That’s a risk NBA teams don’t want to take.
They have more negotiating power if they hit the market at 26 or 27 instead of 28 or 29, and that goes double if they are signing their fourth contract in their early 30s instead of their mid-30s. The NBA teams who would benefit the most from the one-and-done rule being eliminated are the ones with superior scouting departments, as well as training and development staffs.
The NBA isn’t Lake Wobegon: Every team can’t be above average.

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Summary of “The NBA Vengeance Games We’re Most Looking Forward To”

Locking in on defense isn’t the specialty Russell is known to serve up; when looking at all players who logged more than 25 games, last season’s Lakers experienced their worst defensive rating with DLo on the floor.
He’ll try when the Nets play Los Angeles, and he’ll be matched against his replacement, Lonzo Ball.
“D’Angelo is an excellent player,” Magic said after the trade.
“He has the talent to be an All-Star. We want to thank him for what he did for us, but what I needed was a leader. I needed somebody also that can make the other players better, and also that players want to play with.”
DeMarcus Cousins vs. the Kings A 6-foot-11, 270-pound man known for showcases of passion and technical fouls wants closure; we want to watch.
Cousins found out he was traded minutes after participating in the All-Star game, which is like playing in the Employee of the Month softball game only to find out Craig from HR wants to “Touch base” on Monday.
LeBron James vs. Whatever Team Kyrie Gets Traded To Quick question: If Kyrie doesn’t want to play with LeBron anymore, does he realize that means he has to play against LeBron?
Because of who he is, LeBron can recruit like Tom Herman; because of his short-term contracts, LeBron can, also like Herman, leave those commitments behind.

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Summary of “The Near-Perfect Football Team”

The 2007 Patriots were not the first team to put players in the slot, use shotgun, or spread out defenses, but they molded the modern NFL offense by doing it flawlessly and all at once.
High-lows are common in all levels of football; they are routes designed to put players near each other at different depths on the field.
Evans had played fullback admirably for the Patriots since 2005 and had helped the 2006 team score the fourth-most rushing touchdowns in the league.
“What was the biggest difference with the 2007 team? My playing time.” -Former Patriots fullback Heath Evans “When I first got to New England [in 1993], our third-down package didn’t have a slot receiver. It was [fullbacks] Kevin Turner or Sam Gash,” Brown said.
Players generally agree that the best play the Patriots could run was Welker employing an option route over the middle toward the first-down marker while Moss and Stallworth ran 16-yard routes that cut inside behind Welker.
The team had two plays called in the huddle, then they would pick one at the line of scrimmage.
The problem, opposing coaches and players said, was that even when teams threw “Bracket” coverage at Moss, which is a type of double coverage down the field, or put two bodies on Welker, the player would still sometimes get the ball.
Brown said Moss often remarked that any team leaving just one safety deep was “Playing with fire.” Yet leaving players back in coverage to prevent the deep ball would then leave huge chunks of open space available for Welker to keep moving the sticks by running into the undercovered underneath areas.

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Summary of “The future of management: how automation and outsourcing will change how leaders operate”

As its name implies, Orchestra conducts a swarm of workers, most of whom are freelancers, and other “Robots” to complete projects.
Automation is often associated with repetitive work such as torquing a bolt or combing through contracts during an audit.
Orchestra and other systems like it demonstrate that the management of that work, and even work too complex to fully automate, also involves tasks with high automation potential.
The future of work may have become the hot topic, but the future of management may involve an equally drastic change.
Employees at a company called MobileWorks published a paper with researchers at the University of Berkeley in 2012 describing a “Dynamic work routing system” that automatically priced tasks-everything from managing a Twitter account to digitizing stacks of business cards-and assigned them to qualified workers.
Multiple workers completed the same task to help check for accuracy.
Workers who made a lot of mistakes were assigned to practice tasks until they improved.
Konsus, which offers business services such as data entry and PowerPoint design, has created automated workflows that hand work between its pool of freelancers and automated processes.

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