Do You Hear the Rhythm?

A critical aspect of a Product Management tribe is rhythm and communications. In a fascinating post on Native American Tribal Drums, its author states, “Once a sacred drum has been birthed it becomes an instrument of communication. This communication comes with a rhythm that gives the tribe both sacred and ritual communications.” Drums also come with instructions. “Some tribes have drums, but no longer remember their original instructions.”     

In thinking about this, does your product management tribe have rhythm and communications, or has it lost its original instructions? As a leader, how well do you communicate and listen to your team? Do you hear and feel the current rhythm? 

The author also shares, “Once a drum has been made sacred and comes to live with its Keeper, and that Keeper has the right and the responsibility to respect and use their own instructions and personal vision about how to proceed.”

As the Keeper of the product management tribe have you created instructions (methods) and vision that gives your team the guidance it needs to be successful?   

Tribal Council: Product Management leadership and their teams should review their communications and how to effectively create a consistent rhythm. If you’ve lost your instructions, the Keeper (or leader) needs to define new ones that create a consistent rhythm for the tribe.

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  • chriscummings01  On December 15, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    This reminds me of the old joke…

    A ninety year old man sits on a park bench, sobbing. A jogger spots him, and asks what’s wrong. The old man explains, through his tears, that he’s married to a twenty-one year old supermodel and they make amazing love every day. “I don’t understand,” the jogger says. “That sounds wonderful. Why are you crying?” The old man sobs, “I can’t find my way home!”

    But seriously! I think your metaphor extends beyond our individual products and into the online PM community, too. Sometimes it feels like we discuss topics abstractly, and forget the real-world applications. So I’m thankful to people like you and others who can provide some of that connective tissue and help us remember not just the “how” but also the “why”.

    • Product Management Tribe  On December 16, 2009 at 8:55 pm

      Chris, great joke and appreciate your committment to product management and the knowledge you bring.

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