Thursday, December 29, 2011

About the Author

Hi my name is Chris Kenst; I'm a software tester, scuba diver and blogger. Cool, huh?

I started blogging for fun years ago and its since turned into a way to express myself and coalesce my thoughts. Only recently have I felt the confidence to step up and blog about testing. A majority of my blogging occurs at My Technology Fetish and at Search N Recovery. My hope is to write thoughtful enough that in the future I have the privilege to do some guest posts / blogging elsewhere. I understand that blogging <> journalism. =) Occasionally I do reviews of books including those provided to me for free by O'Reilly's Blogging Program. Of those books I review that I get for free I make note of it so readers can tell if I have reason to be biased.

I review for the O'Reilly Blogger Review Program

I'm a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (scuba instructor) and have been teaching for over 4 years. A big believer in teaching from experience, from things you know and learn, I try to dive on a weekly basis - outside of classes. I'm always looking for a good diving adventure and hope sometime soon to dive outside the U.S. and Mexico.

I'm a technophile which means I love (new) technology, always have. I started as a Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst outside of college but only in the last few years have I begun to challenge the conventional wisdom on testing - testers don't belong doing QA. It just doesn't work. A follower of the context-driven school of software testing, I enjoy learning rapidly and applying that knowledge to investigate new systems and technologies. I'm interested in becoming an "expert" software tester and contributing what I can to the community. Someday soon I hope to start a local weekend testers / test dojo to meet other like-minded individuals.

I've posted My Tester's Commitments for anyone who is curious what it's like to work with me.

So that's me, your author. I hope you take something of value from this blog. If you do, please share your story here in a comment.

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