Sketch Development Services began in 2015 when founder John Krewson had a realization: That everything he knew about leading software development projects came not from corporate trainings or his MBA, but from his time in entertainment—particularly, from sketch comedy.
Things like the power of self-organized teams of engaged and passionate individuals. The continuous delivery of value. Getting feedback, and giving good feedback in return. John realized that these were the same values behind the agile approach to software development—but seeing them in action, in both environments, gave him a deeper appreciation for how to apply them in the real world.
And so from the beginning, Sketch has been committed to “walking the walk” by not only providing coaching and training for teams, but actually using the very same practices they were recommending to build better software for their development clients.
Since those humble beginnings in the Krewsons’ spare room, the company has (responsibly, thoughtfully) grown to a team of 35 clever and talented people and moved into its current location (in 2017) on Kehrs Mill Rd in Ballwin, MO (just outside of St. Louis).
VP, OperationsView Biography
Calvin started his career as a developer, eventually transitioning to identifying and placing technical talent at clients. He now is responsible for finding and hiring talented people at Sketch who then help co-deliver solutions to our clients’ complex problems. He touches a lot of our activities here, from engagement logistics, hiring, contracts, and other client administrative activities.
Business DevelopmentView Biography
Engagement ManagerView Biography
Lead agile CoachView Biography
In used a near-decade background as a software developer as a springboard to becoming an Agile transformation lead and evangelist, which he did at Equifax for about five years. While he was there, he trained over 200 people for certifications as Scrum Masters, Product Owners, SAFe Change Agents, and helped implement practices for continued development that went far beyond scheduling more and more meetings. Since joining Sketch in 2018, he’s provided our clients with transformational coaching on how to improve speed to market, predictability for technology delivery, and more. He spends what little free time he has as a volunteer with the Agile Midwest conference. His greatest superpower is his strong belief in the productivity and power of a great team.
Training Lead and Agile CoachView Biography
Matt is a recovering developer that still gets excited when hears the "Ribbit" of someone starting up Toad. After spending some time in the world of project management, Matt was convinced there had to be a better way to develop software. Once he attended his first agile boot camp he discovered that flowers smelled sweeter, food tasted better, and he was never going back to the oppression of Microsoft Project. As a full time Agile coach with Sketch, Matt helps organizations implement lean program management best practices and build environments that people actually want to work in. Matt’s nemesis is the schedule-industrial complex. His favorite things include: traveling with his wife and sons and falling off of skateboards.
Cloud Enablement DeveloperView Biography
Ryan spent 10 years working at a prepaid card company, developing ordering and card balance platforms. At Sketch, he provides critical software development for our clients, and leads our managed service for cloud infrastructures. His many other hats include coaching, training (DevOps is his thing...among others), and consulting (trust us...if you need AWS advice, he’s your guy).
Founder, PresidentView Biography
John started Sketch in service to the mission of improving the ways people and teams work together. His past experiences as an agilist and professional actor are the primary sources of inspiration in leading this mission.