Lego Automation

Full-Day Tutorial (6 hours)

Explore automation using Lego Duplo. Gain insight into the challenges of automating, its limitations, and learn when and why to automate. Leave with practical experience in creating automation.


8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday 13th


F-,E- & D-Rooms


Junior Testers, Automation Engineers, SDETs


  • An increased appreciation for the difficult task of automating
  • Acknowledging that automation doesn’t stop once the task is automated
  • How to talk about automation, with those who may not understand it
  • A simple, yet insightful activity to take back to the office
  • Understanding that the code, tools and frameworks are not the most important thing when designing automation.

Learn the fundamentals of automating software without touching a line of code, in this fun, hands-on interactive workshop.

Automation has become a critical aspect of modern software testing and development. Software has become increasingly complex and the demand for software has never been higher. Companies are demanding more from software and customers expect new features more frequently. Introducing automation into aspects of your testing should allow teams to gather critical information quicker, which can then be used to contribute to deciding if the software is fit for purpose.

In this interactive experiential workshop we will explore automation using Lego Duplo! We will create a number of automated scripts, ever increasing in complexity. We will adapt existing scripts for new purposes. All without writing a single line of code.

Attendees of this workshop will get an insight into the challenges of automating activities. Gain an understanding of the complexity required to automate something that is so simple for a human being to do. Experience how the initial design of your automation impacts all your future decisions. But ultimately will succeed with the task. Observe first hand the limitations of automation. Hear real life experiences from myself and other attendees on their experiences with automation.

This fun, high energy workshop will leave you with a core understanding of where to use automation, how to explain its purpose with others and more importantly why you decided to automate something. 


Willingness to participate and learn. 



“Richard’s workshop beautifully captures the power and the pitfalls of using automation tools in testing through the medium of duplo. It is simple, powerful and very effective. Taking part in this workshop should be mandatory for anyone who writes code (or wants to), anyone who works with coders or anyone who leads such people.”

Ben Kelly

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