Product Managers are like Guitar Players …

I was meeting with a founder of a really successful software company a couple of weeks ago and we got to talking about the current state of product management skills and he had a great analogy:

When we were in high school, the coolest thing to be in was a rock band, and the coolest member of the rock band was the guitar player.  Today, it seems like the the rock band has turned into the software company and the coolest role is the product manager.  Unfortunately, we seem to have a lot of shitty guitars players these days.

Just because you say you’re a product manager doesn’t make it so.  Just like being a successful musician, you need to practice your craft constantly and build your chops up over time.