Of the development methodologies I used (or more often than , been forced to use:), and there have been many some less elaborate and some more so, the only one I could recommend is XP.
Don't let the name that sounds like a late '90s "No fear" recreational pastime put you off, its the only one I've used where the project doesn't become secondary to the methodology. That is to say, the practices involved rapidly become second nature and something you don't want to bypass, because the benefits are rapidly apparent to (almost) everyone that uses it. It's the easiest to learn, most intuative to maintain, and it works.
Unlike most of the others where the project management is percieved as a chore that only gets done when management nags you to do it, and for which any excuse is a reason to avoid, delay or abandon it. Or, as with things like UML (Rational Rose etc.), becomes a whole skill-set to be learned and an art in itself. You end up needing a project management and design team to manage the project management project:(
Examine what is said, not who speaks.
"Efficiency is intelligent laziness." -David Dunham
"When I'm working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong." -Richard Buckminster Fuller
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