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Gilbert and Sullivan present: The High-Tech Product Manager

Iíve always liked the Major Generalís song from The Pirates of Penzance.

Hereís how Gilbert and Sullivan *may* have described high-tech Product Managers.

I am the very model of a high-tech product manager,
Iíve information customer, partner and competitor.
I know the product roadmap and I wrote the full requirements,
From† strategic to tactical, all detailed in my documents.

Iím very well acquainted, too with matters very technical,
I understand development, agile, lean and waterfall.
On MRDs and PRDs Iím really eager to create
All the information that will make our products really great.

I am very good with customers and early stage prospects;
I listen to them carefully and track all of their change requests.
I then prioritize them into releases point and major;
I am the very model of a high-tech product manager.

I will answer all questions that will save an opportunity;
I really wish the reps would use a real sales methodology.
I always ask the prospects about the problems they must solve;
And then Iíll help the SEs create solutions that can evolve.

I bring this insight to HQ and deliver it accordingly;
I need the engineers to implement it all whole heartedly.
Then I can move along and start helping product marketing,
To understand the new solution and adjust positioning.

I define new offerings and also write the business case;
competitively speaking, Iím not satisfied with second place.
In short, in matters customer, partner and competitor,
I am the very model of a high-tech product manager

I† have worked in other jobs as a sales rep and a marketer;
I even spent two long years as a database developer.
But I would wonder constantly what kind of role† was best for me;
I thought and thought and talk to others, †then I found some clarity.
I really am a business person, with fondness for technology
I blend it all together to create great product strategy

I think Product Manager was the job that was meant for me.
Yet I wonder if others think Iím easy going or cranky?
I only hope† the role will grow real soon into maturity.
But still in matters customer, partner and competitor
I am the very model of a high-tech Product Manager.

And here are two versions of the song. The original, and† my favourite spoof of the original.



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