What is an “excellentist”?

First, it’s not a word. Not as far as I know, anyway. And it’s not some cross between Edwards Deming and Bill S. Preston, Esq. But I like it because it expresses something of how I want to approach the work I do as an agile QA lead and tester. I’m not a perfectionist, but I am (or at least try to be) an excellentist. That is, I’m not perfect and don’t expect others to be perfect, but I do want to be excellent and work with others who expect the same from themselves, and from me, to create a culture of excellence. It’s not quite Soup Nazi-level, but this exchange hints at the idea:

SOUP NAZI: You are the only one who understands me.

KRAMER: You suffer for your soup.

SOUP NAZI: Yes. That is right.

KRAMER: You demand perfection from yourself, from your soup.

SOUP NAZI: How can I tolerate any less from my customer?

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