Unclear requirements leave too much interpretation up to the team which results in building the wrong solution.
Take the time to ensure the requirements are clearly understood and agreed upon among all parties.
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A problem that is no longer on the sponsor's radar means it will die a slow death.
Things change. Make sure the sponsor still considers the problem a priority and one which needs to be fixed now.
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Poorly written requirements can cause you to build a solution that just does stupid things faster.
Don't accept requirements which are of poor quality or don't focus on solving the stated problem.
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I've adopted video as a key component of my communication strategy to my subscribers and customers. In doing so, though, I've decided on the following guiding principles:
If the Project Sponsor cannot clearly articulate the problem, don't bother proceeding.
Get the sponsor or designee to physically write down the problem statement for all to understand.
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