I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.
Building out the navigational structure of a SharePoint site can be one of the most politically difficult parts of your project. The reason for this is that the site navigation is not something you want to change very often, and it has to be agreed upon by a fairly broad collection of people.
Why do you have to try to get this right up front? SharePoint is a flexible platform that is easy to modify; you can change the navigation once a week if you like, just by shuffling the order of pages or how subsites are nested. But people don’t like change very much, especially if they have invested ...