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Can you transfer this attitude to, say, a larger piece of software? I'm thinking of working on an "enterprise"-level project, where requirements may be vague, or timelines constrained.

I'm not disagreeing with your premise, but I find my attitude can be different depending on the scope of the project. For example, if I'm working on a smaller project, I find I can focus on the overall quality and strive for "no bugs." But on a larger project (often behind schedule and over-budget, most often not because of the dev team, directly), there are lots of edge cases that get ignored, at least during the first release cycle.




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