I call it a hunch.
Sometimes I sense something’s wrong.
There is no visible indicator of it. Devs say it’s going well, products say it’s on time and under control, specialists say it’s all aligned and agreed on.
But I sense something.
Then I ask a question. I am always embarassed to ask, because everyone says it’s fine, they all already agreed, any why am I even bothering to double check?
But when they hear my questions, it turns out they didn’t think of a problem. Or they have different definition of “on time” in mind. Or they understand the agreement differently. Or they made very different assumptions.
It happens every week. I call it a hunch.
Read this article to see some examples and learn how to develop this sense in yourself.