I don't see any inconsistency. at least which the advice I have read in the past, which has been to work top to bottom within the panels, particularly the "Basic" panel to optimize tonal corrections, rather than to work the panels top to bottom. Eg, I have never seen any advice to do, eg, local corrections before general, or Camera Calibrations last, which would be the order of the panels.
I also think if often makes sense—at least to me; your mileage may vary—not to traverse the separate panels from top to bottom. For example, I almost always enable Lens Corrections first because any profiled or manual changes I may make in that panel will constrain my final composition. It never occurred to me until I read Jeff Schewe's Digital Negative
book that I might be paying a considerable performance penalty for that, although fortunately he provides a simple workaround. But because Lightroom renders its sequence of corrections on-the-fly, even if you throw substantial hardware resources at it, having a feel for how it does its magic does appear to be important. I'd really like to see Eric Chan address this in a comprehensive way (hint, hint). In his copious spare time, of course.
I might add, at the risk of wandering too far off-topic, that from my perspective one of the most important attributes of the Schewe book is that it provides a conceptual framework for using the Lightroom (ACR) tools, rather than treating them as a series of disconnected controls (e.g., the standard tutorial approach of "if you want to achieve this, move this slider"). He doesn't explicitly invest a lot of words in discussing LR performance optimization, but he certainly prompted me to think more about what the software was doing. I did a fair amount of software development myself before I retired, but there are some things you can't guess unless you know what the programmers had in mind when they designed a specific product. After reading his book—I'm now going around for a second pass in an attempt to recapture the stuff that leaked out of my aging brain the first time around—I believe I'm using LR considerably more efficiently than before.