New product development is inherently risky and uncertain — you’re not sure if the problem can be solved or if the solution will work. So in this environment, you need someone who is a hedge against all this ambiguity. And that’s you, someone who asks the questions no one else will ask, builds a resilient team, takes the pressure off in a crisis, throws out alternative ideas, and shields the experts from distraction.
…ing the dumb questions. Most of the time, smart people can be quite difficult to get into the room. If you pay attention when asking your questions, you’ll eventually become a proxy for the experts on your team, which helps build the trust you need to be able to influence your team.