Can data driven construction transform like baseball?

Moneyball is a famous story of how data changed how players were selected for team. Axios reports on how data driven hitting has transformed hitting coaching.

Some numbers to get your attention.

By the numbers: 19 of MLB's 30 hitting coaches played less than 100 big league games, 13 never played in the majors and four never even played in the minors.

The WSJ is a source referenced for the Axios article and they close with

A few decades ago, general managers were mostly former major-league players. They’ve been replaced by a new breed of executives, those with résumés seemingly more cut out for corporate America than professional sports.

This is the next wave of that trend: giving outsiders a uniform and making them coaches.

“More GMs are more open-minded,” Luhnow said, “because a lot of GMs don’t have a traditional background themselves.”

As these data driven tools get used more how long is it before the same is applied to construction? Many construction workers are ex-athletes, and the new construction workers are being exposed to these data tools.

Home Court is another data driven tool for basketball training.

Remembering another great one, John Medica

I was chatting with an old Apple friend. How old? We worked together over 30 years ago. Catching up he said he heard that John Medica had passed away.

I found a Remembrance here at Wake Forest University site.

“John’s zest for life was contagious,” reflected Don Flow (MBA ’83), a fellow classmate and University Trustee. “His boisterous laugh brought joy to anyone in his presence and his kind and generous thoughtfulness was a profound expression of how much he cared for all of the people in his life.”

Another more personal post is here.

It sounds like a cliché, but when God conjured up John, he broke the mold. I mean this in the most literal sense possible. He was larger than life in every way that accentuates the few special folks we intersect with throughout our lives who actually make a difference.

Upon reflection, what I remember most about John is not his accomplishments in the technology space at Dell (which were enormous), but the plaintive fact is that he was just a kind and good person. Full stop. When you met John, you instantly wanted to be his friend and you wanted to hang around with him.

I was lucky to work with John when he was Apple as the project leader for the Mac II, taking numerous trips to Japan and Hong Kong with him and the other analog team members who worked on power supplies and monitors. I was amazed that John would go with us so often, but he knew those analog devices had to get done to ship the Mac II.

John’s signature as Project Champion on the Apple IIGS is on this certificate at upper left. First person to sign. After Woz.

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When John went to Dell and I was at Microsoft I would keep in touch with John and sometimes visit him when he was working in Dell Japan and I had trips to Japan visiting the MSKK office.

Working at Apple Sheila Brady and John Medica were two people who I learned so much on how to run a large project.

John was so passionate about his work, and he deserved a long retirement after all his hard work. It is so sad that at 59 he left us on Oct 13, 2017. Sorry I missed the news of his passing.

Another chicken recipe to try, Poulet Noir

While I was in SF last week I went to Park Tavern with some friends. Below is picture of the restaurant.


On the menu is Poulet Noir. Sounded good, but did not want to wait 30 minutes for the meal.

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Curious I found the recipe for the Park Tavern Poulet Noir.

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Looking at the recipe it looked like I could do it. One of the recommendations is to use a Staub vertical chicken roaser which is what I use in my weekly chicken cooking. Below is a 5lb roasting chicken. the Park Tavern has a 1 1/2 cornish hen. They do a better job of presentation. I’ll think about taking the roasted vegetables and place them in the roaster.


List of 50 Women who are Influentials in Data Economy - Google, Facebook, Microsoft execs

Data Economy has an article on the 50 power women in the data economy. My first inclination was to look for people and/or companies I think of in leadership positions and have been presenting at data center conferences.

Two Google execs - Heather Dooley and Sarah Clatterbuck.

Two Facebook execs - Delfina Elberly and Rachel Peterson.

Microsoft exec - Julie White.

Going through the article it was nice to see others who made the list and their background. if you click on a person you get more information. Like Heather Dooley’s background.


With over 20 years of experience, Dooley has invested most of her time in helping to build out the internet as we know it. 

She is a key team member within Google’s data centre expansion board and has a strong say on the company’s long term and strategic advancements of its cloud infrastructure. 

She also leads Google’s program management for metrics and analytics, new products, documentation, and communications. 

Prior to joining Google, Dooley has also worked at other giants including Microsoft and Earthlink. 

She is also an advocate for gender equality and is actively always pursuing ways to open new doors of opportunities for women in tech and is a member of 7×24 Exchange Women in Mission Critical Operations Committee (WiMCO).