this isn't the greatest answer, but it's what we do: we do what makes sense based on the information available at the time. and then we adjust what we're doing based on the information gained as the project goes on. sometimes core mods have to be built first. sometimes we can grab low-hanging fruit first.
so, i'd have to say "it depends."
no one can answer this question for you, in my opinion. not without a full understanding of the history and objectives. and even then, it'll be wrong and have to be adjusted as the project unfolds.
so i suppose i agree with robmnl, but methodology alone isn't the cure.
recently i've been listening to recordings of street noise from my walk to work. it seems to be helping me achieve flow faster. i get my best flow when walking to work, so i figure i'd try it. anyone else interested in trying out some of these recordings? i'll post them if there's interest in an experiment.
That's a cool idea. I'd be interested, although by the measure of where I have useful ideas, I should instead listen to a recording of a shower. A very calming form of white noise, although it could precipitate increased restroom usage.
I often get into the groove of the sonic landscapes at Quiet American's One Minute Vacations and wish for longer versions:
That the "business person" in a typical startup doesn't have anything better to do during the build phase creates typical startups, in my opinion. Brilliant people should be doing brilliant things. If they're not, maybe they're not.
we set milestones. but we don't worry about methodology.
we do feel the need to manage development efficiently. again, we're small, so we sketch the future state almost constantly. we keep the burning stuff in our brains all the time. the less important stuff either comes up again or it doesn't. most of the time it doesn't.
Good viewpoint. As the PM/Marketing guy of a wireless startup, am working with a small product team. Always find it to be challenging to remind the team to focus on developing a product for the needs of the marketplace not what they think they like. Seen too many teams lose track of what they are doing. In most cases, it is their project manager that fails to build a Tangible Vision that the team collaboratively connect to..
rightcart looks like it might work, but it's not apparent how the pricing model is structured. i assume i have to sign up to get that info. (and i'm not paying a buck for a "wink" - whatever that means.)