Thoughts of Cubs, Baseball and Being Proactive


By Kinny Chan, Chief Customer Officer, Precision Discovery

Even though I live in New York, I’ll admit that I breathed a sigh of relief and let out a cheer as I watched the Cubs defeat the Indians in the remarkable game seven of this year’s World Series. How could you not be happy for the Cubs and their fans as their long championship drought came to an end?

As a sport fanatic, I love drawing parallels between sports and real life and I did see something throughout the series that reminded me of what we do here at Precision.

In particular, what struck me was how everyone on defense moves when the ball is hit – not just the player to whom the ball is hit or the players in the vicinity – everyone moves.

Take, for example, when a ball is hit to toward the third baseman with no one on base. Of course, the third baseman will move to field the ball. The shortstop is likely to be moving toward the ball, too – both of these you might expect. But have you noticed that the left fielder runs in to back up the third baseman just in case the ball gets by?

Have you also noticed that the catcher runs down the first base line to back up the first baseman in case of an errant throw from the third baseman? The right fielder moves in to do the same. The second baseman moves to cover the bag at second – again, just in case the ball gets by at first and the runner tries to advance – and the center fielder moves in to back up the second baseman.

Coaches call these the “rules for defensive movement.” They teach that all nine players must move the instant the ball is put into play, and that every player must move at full speed – even if the destination is just a few feet away and there appears to be plenty of time to get there. Naturally, players are taught from a young age that on each play they must ask themselves, “what do I do if the ball comes to me” – but they’re also taught to remind themselves “what base do I cover if the ball isn’t hit to me, and if the base is covered, what base do I back up?”

This is a perfect example of a proactive approach – knowing the situation, recognizing the risks, and acting before a problem happens to mitigate any harmful effects in case something does indeed go wrong.

At Precision Discovery, we embrace the exact same proactive approach – with a bit less running around. Two recent blog posts by my colleagues offer some examples.

The first by Precision’s Aaron Patton and Jeremy Applebaum discusses what to do to when a long-awaited production finally lands on your desk. The second post, also by Jeremy Applebaum, examines why your requests for production may be lacking – and how you might not even know it.

These posts are the first of what we’re calling our “Proactive Discovery Series.” They are designed to offer insights into our proactive approach – our own version of “rules for defensive movement,” if you will. Throughout the series, we hope to provide some concrete examples of how taking a proactive approach to eDiscovery can help you avoid costly mistakes and gain the edge you need in litigation.

Oh, and Let’s Go Mets! Perhaps 2017 will be our year.

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Kinny Chan, Chief Customer Officer

Kinny Chan (@kinnychan) is the lead eDiscovery Consultant for Precision Discovery. He enjoys taking complex challenges and explaining them in simple and understandable terms. He is inspired by the intersection between technology, business and the law.

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