When NBA coach Steve Kerr took the helm as the basketball coach of the Golden State Warriors in 2014, he inherited a highly talented but hugely underperforming team. Because Kerr believed deeply in analytics, his first strategic task as coach was to sit down with the team’s metric guru, Sammy Gelfand, to review the strengths and weaknesses of the team by the numbers.
The teams I manage directly, I require them to prioritize their projects every two weeks. There are 3 buckets - Active, Backlog, and Complete. If I see they have too many items in the Active Bucket, I call them to help them prioritize. I try to get them to work on only 1 or 2 things at at time.