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John Royle

IT Leader with 30+ years of experience specializing in IT Leadership, Agile, and Enterprise Architecture. I have worked closely with senior and C-level leadership to evaluate solutions, manage projects, and spend time understanding the goals of end users rather than relying on a fixed plan. I belieave that success lies at the intercection between Business Goals, Human-Centered Design, and Agile development.

As a lifelong learner you will often find me listening to various auidble books or exploring new technologies.


About me

Dwight D. Eisenhower, President of the United States from 1953 to 1961, famously spoke these words: “Plans are nothing, but planning is everything.”

With over 30 years of experience as an IT leader, I have honed my expertise in Agile Leadership and enterprise architecture. Throughout my career, I have collaborated closely with senior executives and C-level leadership to assess solutions, oversee projects, and prioritize understanding the objectives rather than relying solely on rigid plans. Furthermore, I hold a Master's degree in computer science, specializing in distributed systems design, which has equipped me with a comprehensive understanding of this field. As an enterprise architect, I possess a deep knowledge of distributed-based solutions and can effectively navigate the intricacies involved. Additionally, I have cultivated my skills as an Agile coach and thought leader, guiding teams towards adopting Agile methodologies and fostering a culture of continuous improvement. Overall, my extensive experience, academic background, and expertise make me a valuable asset in driving successful IT initiatives and facilitating organizational growth.

  • Location:St. Louis, MO
  • Nationality:American
  • Interests:Agile, Technology, CyberSecurity, B-Movies
  • Education:Masters in Computer Science


Masters, Computer Science

Webster University1995-1997

Computer Science Degree with a focus on Distributed Systems Design - 3.9 GPA

Bachelors, Computer Science & Mathamatics

University of Central Missouri1986-1991

Double major, Computer Science & Mathamatics - Member of the Assoication of Computing Machinery (ACM)


ITIL 4 - Foundations

PeoplesCertJune 2023

ITIL 4 Foundation provides a comprehensive framework for effective IT service management, emphasizing value co-creation, service relationships, and continual improvement.

AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

AWSJan 2021

The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification validates foundational knowledge of the AWS Cloud and its services, providing a broad understanding of cloud concepts and demonstrating proficiency in navigating AWS services and offerings.

Agile Coaching

ICEAgileOctober 2022

ICEAgile is an iterative and collaborative coaching approach to software development that combines the principles of Agile methodology with an emphasis on innovation, customer value, and evolutionary architecture.

Scrum Foundations Educator

ScrumAllianceJan 2022

A Scrum Foundations Educator is an expert in teaching and guiding individuals and teams on the fundamental principles, values, and practices of Scrum, an agile framework for managing and delivering complex projects.

Enterprise Design Thinking Practitioner

IBMFeb 2021

An IBM Enterprise Design Thinking Practitioner is an individual skilled in applying design thinking methodologies within an enterprise context to drive innovation, collaboration, and user-centered problem solving.

Certified Scrum Professional - Product Owner (CSP-PO)

ScrumAllianceOctober 2015

The Certified Scrum Professional - Product Owner (CSP-PO) certification validates the advanced knowledge and skills of a product owner in the Scrum framework, enabling them to effectively guide and optimize product development.

Certified Scrum Professional - Scrum Master (CSP-SM)

ScrumAllianceOctober 2015

The Certified Scrum Professional - Scrum Master (CSP-SM) certification validates the expertise of a Scrum Master in implementing and facilitating the Scrum framework effectively within organizations.


The following elements should provide a snapshot into my skills. If you like what you see, take a look at my resume for more up to date details :-)

Vision and Stratigic Thinking
Project Managment (ITIL)
IT/Business Alighment
Agile Leadership / Coaching (ICEAgile, CSP-SM)
Agile Project Managment (CSP-PO, CSPO)
Methodologies (Scrum, Scrumban, Kanban, Lean, etc...)
Scaling Frameworks (SAFe, SoS, LeSS, DevOps)
HCD / Design Thinking
Design Patterns
DevOps / Agile
Network Infrastructure
SecOps / Security
Micro Services
Front End
Back End / API

John Royle worked in my division as a senior level architect under the supervision on Nancy Berger (Director Enterprise Illustrations development) for five years. I am writing this letter to express my admirations for his abilities as an architect and as a leader among his piers. John joined the Illustrations team as a consultant to assist in the design and development of a key automated Illustrations process. Shortly after hiring him the project team leader left the company and John took over full responsibilities for the development and deployment of this process. Since that time he has been instrumental in designing, developing, and managing various internal systems including the MetLife e-business Illustrations application. From my personal experience with John I can safely say that he is a conscientious, highly-skilled architect worthy of at least a senior to management level position in his area of expertise. He has keen insight into the development process, and has demonstrated his experience in analysis and design, development and project management. In addition John has a solid understanding of technology and excellent people skills; in short his experience and expertise will be truly missed.

-- Sincerely, Mont Little - CIO General American Life Insurance Company

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