I believe in following a structured UX process with some room for flexibility.
Research is a crucial part of my process, followed by understanding the future product vision and how the current project fits into that. I always work in collaboration with stakeholders, utilizing workshops or frequent check-ins to ensure alignment.
During the UX design phase I examine all the user flows and how they all fit together harmoniously within a feature or product. My next vital stage is user testing, the moment of truth, where I can validate or challenge my designs & assumptions and reiterate. The final stage is perfecting the product with detailed design, covering every last detail and collaborating with development to ship the product.