I was first introduced to Occam’s Razor (“simpler explanations are, other things being equal, generally better than more complex ones”) through this article by Carl McGown. It resonated with me for a number of reasons but mostly because I recognised in myself (and others) the coach’s tendency to want to solve every problem by increasing complexity. It remains one of only a few articles that I remember directly and keep closeby and I would like to think it informs my daily work.
In terms of complexity, American Football probably ranks the highest (or greatest or worst… however you want to look at it) among sports. This is an interesting article about one coach who has found success by reducing complexity. My favourite line is this one – “Of course, coaches often say they are “simplifying the playbook,” but Harbaugh has been able to do it coherently and in a way that actually aids his quarterback’s ability to succeed rather than simply removes options.”
Read about the great new Vyacheslav Platonov coaching book here.