Anna Shipman

Recent stuff

Join the SPA organising committee

13 June 2017

I help run SPA, a workshop-based conference on all aspects of advancements in software development – technology, processes, people and practice – and we are looking for people to join the organising committee for the 2018 conference.

Writing a business case

01 March 2017

As I become more senior I have more of a need to write business cases. I turned to the excellent Peter Grzeszczak for advice, and this is what he said.

Next steps for Open Source in government

15 December 2016

I was recently appointed Open Source Lead at the Government Digital Service. In this post, I talk about my first priorities as Open Source Lead and let you know how you can get involved.

I am now Open Source Lead

18 November 2016

I’m pleased to announce that I’m now Open Source Lead at GDS. James Stewart has written a blog post about my appointment.

How to blog

16 September 2016

Someone recently asked my advice on blogging, particularly how I decide what to write about and whether I set aside specific time. Here’s what I said.

Making my site look better on small screens

04 July 2016

I’ve had this blog for five years, but I’ve only recently started using my phone to browse the internet, at which point I realised it displayed terribly on a small screen. It’s a wonder anyone ever read my posts.

Useful questions for one-to-ones

30 March 2016

When I started line managing people at work, three years ago, I got some great advice from the excellent Andrew Seward. He structured one-to-ones around the following list of questions:

Code sharing in large organisations

24 March 2016

At Scale Summit last week I led a session on code-sharing in large organisations. I was particularly interested in how other organisations raise the visibility of shareable code. This was one of the main themes that came out of the recent code-sharing unconference at GDS.

Choosing Cloud Foundry for the Government Platform as a Service

17 December 2015

We previously wrote about looking into offering a platform to host digital services. This post is about the technology we chose for the beta and how we made that decision.

Video of Operations: a developer's guide

27 November 2015

Video from my FFconf talk Operations: a developer’s guide.