So, what's the right way to:
Building an organization is a stream of bug fixes without regression tests—always hoping each patch closes more issues than it may open!
Daniel Erickson: "I wonder if it’s possible to write tests to tighten the feedback loop."
The thing is you can only develop an organization forward. There's truly no rolling back once you commit.
Basically: there is no dev or stage environment—organizations only run in production.
On a quick thought, I would love some structure that combined: