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Monday, November 7, 2011

Movie - Money Ball - Part 1

I went to see the movie Moneyball at the $2 a ticket Sun Theater in Grand Ledge last week.  iMDB tells me that Moneyball is “The story of Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.” But to me, it is a story about managing projects.  Big, meaningful, risky projects.

Jonah Hill plays an quiet understated (really) Yale trained economist who sells Billy (Brad Pitt) on the idea that there are 25 undervalued players that can win a championship within Oakland’s relatively small budget.  It is an interesting concept and takes all of 30 seconds to understand.  The silver thread here is the interactions between General Manager Billy and his clubhouse manager, scouts, and over a hundred years of baseball tradition.

Yes, this one is all about change, risks associated with change, and change management,  

So, question one is - when someone has a (possibly) great idea for a new way of operating, how does the organization decide to make the change?

Related to question one - the second question is how do you score or price the risk of a radical change (this is a bet the business change).

Finally, upon deciding to make the change, how do you sell that decision to all the stakeholders?  

In my next few posts, I’ll chat about those questions.


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