Only Testers and Hackers enter data into a program just to see if it works.

Hello! My name is Chris Kenst and I’m a Test Engineer at Laurel & Wolf, a startup disrupting the traditional version of interior design services. Simultaneously I work to improve our understanding of our product and it’s quality while also building infrastructure to help us improve our testing efficiency.

Previously, I was in testing and test leadership roles for a few startups, healthcare, telecom, banking and insurance company. Before that, I founded and ran a technical services company in the San Francisco Bay Area.

I hold a Bachelors from San Francisco State University. I’ve passed all of the Black Box Software Testing (BBST) courses; I find them the closest and most reputable thing to credentialing in the software testing field.


I’m a volunteer BBST Instructor with the Association for Software Testing (AST), a co-instructor of BBST with Kaner, Fiedler & Associates and a PADI certified Master Scuba Diver Trainer (scuba instructor). A Rapid Software Testing and Rapid Testing Applied alumnus I occasionally volunteer to help James Bach peer review his Rapid Testing Applied.

For more information about my public and private teaching schedule check my list of classes.


You can contact me directly, join the mailing list, ask me anything or follow Twitter at @ckenst.


I occasionally do corporate consulting and workshops. Check my list of Classes and/or contact directly.

When I work within a development team I follow a set of Commitments that reflect the way I Think about software testing.

Publications is a short list of my outside writings and talks.

Photos from a few of the conferences I’ve attended IRL. Also includes ‘real’ photos of me and not just of my Boba Fett avatar.

 TestingConferences.org is a simple list of Software Testing conferences and workshops. I’m hoping it will grow into a community driven list of events that participants find useful. Built on GitHub pages using Jekyll.