Two simple truths about producers and game designers
Free-lance game designer/producers
Most people think they can design games. Most people think they know what preproductions are for. Most people are wrong. As a consequence, I, as a free-lance game designer/producer, don't get hired to do game design or manage preproduction. I get hired to fix productions that go wrong because the game design and preproduction suck*.
I am not bitter. This is how it is.
Producers at big companies
In big companies, competent producers are moved from good projects to bad projects, because the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Without a competent producer, good projects go bad.
Only producers with excellent political skills can stay on a good project.
Tell me I'm wrong.
*) Except for my current clients ;)