One of the things I teach people I coach is to do things differently than they would instinctively do.
One customary way to build a project is from the bottom up.
Let’s look at a dissertation, a paper, an article, a book. Or climbing a mountain. Or building a software app.
What is in common among them is that you’ll have an idea, then parts, processes, and then an end result.
I normally teach this through the example of climbing a mountain.
Why? Because standing on the top of the mountain is a different view than standing at the foot of the mountain.