Anyone who's worked in the industry for a while will know some of these. Feel free to add more..
The likelihood of forgetting to put the one piece connector shell on the cable first is directly proportional to the number of soldered contacts and/or fiddlyness of soldering involved.
Any carefully setup and aligned assembly ready for soldering will always be jolted/moved by the soldering iron lead as soon as removed from the stand.
When soldering very small SMT parts with tweezers, the likelihood they will ping off never to be found again increases ten fold when it's the last one of that part you have.
A stereo microscope's focusing range will always need around 1mm more travel to focus completely on the assembly under it.
Using the search function on a manufacturers web site for their part you want info on will always return zero found items. Bizarrely doing the same part search via Google home page will instantly locate the part on the self same web site.
That obscure very rarely used lead/adapter you see everyday will be nowhere to be found the time you actually need it.
Hardware engineers will always blame the software. Softies will always blame faulty hardware.