The original UX Consultant/Architect role, the role that made UX famous, was inherently research and design, specifically research INTO design. We just made great products because we did the research, learned the user needs first hand, and then designed those needs into a prototype, which we then tested and iterated repeatedly. Product development was the domain of the UX Consultant. We made great products because we baked the user need into the design and we had a process to do it. All in one. No product managers to get in the way. No departmental civil wars. A project/delivery/traffic manager breathing down your neck, yes, but that was organising the activity and not directly managing or...