In the past year I’ve worked on quite a few projects that have had very ambitious development goals from the beginning of the project. A few of these goals were truly necessary to ship a quality product, but many of these goals cost time, money, and in some cases the project.
Lately the trendy thing to do is start with a front-end framework like React or Ember and build the back-end as microservices. I think these trends have their place but are often used prematurely. This can cause development speed to slow to a crawl.
As the MVP post implies, the best way to start is to start simple. For example, if you wanted to write time tracking software for your team a good place to start would be a spreadsheet. Conversely, a bad start would be using microservices before you have any customers.
Once your MVP has shipped then you can make decisions such as migrating to a front-end framework or extracting a service. Keep in mind that it’s almost always easier to break something apart than it is to put it back together.