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So, it’s World Book Day. I wanted to share a quote from my favourite book with you, it comes from Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder.

Why is Lego the most ingenious toy in the world?

For a start, Sophie was not at all sure she agreed that it was. It was years since she had played with the little plastic blocks. Moreover she could not for the life of her see what Lego could possibly have to do with philosophy.

But she was a dutiful student. Rummaging on the top shelf of her closet, she found a bag full of Lego blocks of all shapes and sizes.

For the first time in ages she began to build with them. As she worked, some ideas began to occur to her about the blocks.

They are easy to assemble, she thought. Even though they are all different, they all fit together. They are also unbreakable. She couldn’t remember having seen a broken Lego block. All her blocks looked as bright and new as the day they were bought, many years ago. The best thing about them was that with Lego she could construct any kind of object. And then she could separate the blocks and construct something new.

What more could one ask of a toy? Sophie decided that Lego really could be called the most ingenious toy in the world. But what it had to do with philosophy was beyond her.

Now, I’ll leave the philosophy to Jostein Gaarder, you can read more here.

My point here is the association of Lego and testing, more specifically that of the Lego Automation workshop ran by Richard Bradshaw (@friendlytester), you can read more about it here.

He ran it at TestBash Brighton last year. I was in attendance and it was excellent.

This was the session I attended.

I took this session back to my office last year and ran it with a team of testers, it was very engaging and I believe that there were a lot of really useful lesson learnt, to help us to become smarter testers!

He is running this session again at TestBash Brighton 2017, if you get the chance to, I would strongly advise that you go along.

I know he runs these sessions all over, so don’t worry if you’re not going, just keep your ear to the ground, he’ll run it again, then sign up!

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