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Hi! 👋 My name is Chris Kenst. I’m a QA Engineering Manager at Promenade Group. I enjoy coaching testers and developers on how to test better and I’m passionate about helping teams accelerate their achievement of shippable quality.

For over a decade I’ve been an active member of the global testing community. In 2018 I was elected to the Board of Directors of the The Association For Software Testing (AST), a global non-profit dedicated to advancing the craft of Software Testing. In 2020 I was named President of the AST.

Since I enjoy talking I try to speak at software conferences and meetups (talks as I call them) when I can. I enjoy learning and writing about software development and software testing here and elsewhere around the web. Additionally I teach software testing, and run an open source list of testing conferences and workshops.  


The past decade I’ve been trying to figure out how to construct and apply well designed tests in an efficient manner. Specifically tools that leverage a human tester while freeing the human testing specialist to focus on those powerful tests that are best done under direct human control. (I believe ML can be huge benefit here.) I’ve been in testing and test leadership roles for a number of startups and larger companies but I tend to prefer startups where I can have a bigger impact and don’t have to deal with Traditional Test Management. 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 (AST-BBST) courses; I find them the closest and most reputable thing to credentialing in the software testing field.

Additionally, I have taught BBST alongside Cem Kaner, am an inactive scuba instructor aka Master Scuba Diver Trainer and a Rapid Software Testing and Rapid Testing Applied alumnus who occasionally volunteers to help James Bach peer review his Rapid Testing Applied Online classes.


  • Bio. A few biographies for reference.
  • My Testing Philosophy. A foundation for studying and improving my ideas on software testing.
  • Now. “Everything that happens now, is happening now.”
  • Publications is a short list of my writings and talks. 
  • Contact Me

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