Thursday 13 June 2013

Diet and exercise... is all the rage now

I read lots of software testing blogs and articles. Some I skim read, some I read twice. I must have read thousands by now. But I don't recall ever reading about keeping fit or following a strict diet to improve your testing. But it must do... a healthy body is a healthy mind, and our work is all about the mind.
A few years ago I read a short biography about a famous theologian in the USA, Jonathan Edwards. In 1727, at the age of 21 he wrote a diet resolution for himself (which I think he pretty much kept to):

 By a sparingness in diet, and eating as much as may be what is light and easy of digestion, I shall doubtless be able to think more clearly, and shall gain time; 1. By lengthening out my life; 2. Shall need less time for digestion, after meals; 3. Shall be able to study more closely, without injury to my health; 4. Shall need less time for sleep; 5. Shall more seldom be troubled with the head-ache.

I think he was way ahead of his time, and a little crazy too.

I wonder if any testers out there have ever started a diet or increased their exercise for the main purpose of finding more bugs!!!


  1. I recommend a course of leeches. :-)

  2. I'd rather people eat a healthy diet than dieting which by definition is for a period of time. To then go back to the bad old ways wondering why the effect is shortlived is not really a surprise.
    Sooo, a good tester would want to keep fit longterm - you would want to get better continually lifting those bugs so a long term plan how to learn and change would surely be better than a shortlived diet. :-)