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.


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.

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