Anna Shipman

Recent blog posts

No Next Next: Fighting Entropy in Your Microservices Architecture

08 April 2022

On Tuesday, I delivered a talk at QCon London: No Next Next: Fighting Entropy in Your Microservices Architecture.

Encouraging meeting participation with a check-in

22 March 2022

If you want participation in a meeting with people who don’t spend a lot of time together, one thing that can help is getting everyone to say something at the start; here is a low-pressure way to do that.

The good, the bad and the tech strategy

16 February 2022

Yesterday, I delivered a talk at LeadDev Together: The good, the bad and the tech strategy.

Why didn't Clojure work concurrently in Vagrant?

31 December 2021

I recently couldn’t work out why Clojure was not working concurrently in a Vagrant box. I didn’t solve the problem, but I learned many things, and here are some of them.

Working on the most important things as a technical leadership team

28 September 2021

Two years ago, I wrote about how as a technical leadership team we can figure out what to work on. We made some changes to the way we worked and found them really beneficial. However, last year we realised there were flaws in how we were working, which made it hard for us to prioritise the bigger, more impactful pieces of tech work.

Threat modelling cards

15 September 2021

Threat modelling is a way to identify the potential security flaws in your system, and prioritise mitigations. On Monday I attended a session comparing some card games you can use to help you, at SPA conference. This is a brief write-up.

Setting up a Ubiquiti network

21 June 2021

We wanted good WiFi coverage in our house and we did not have it, so we set up a Ubiquiti network. This is how we did it.

Finance for non-finance directors: Part 3

12 March 2021

This is the third of three posts summarising some very interesting things I learned about finance on a recent IoD course. In part one I talked about funding and financial statements, in part two I talked about accountancy principles and ratios, and today I will talk about deciding which projects, and which companies, to invest in.

Finance for non-finance directors: Part 2

10 March 2021

On Monday I published part one of three blog posts about finance, finishing with a quiz. In this post I will share the answers to the quiz, then talk about some important accountancy principles and some ways of thinking about the financial health of companies. In part three on Friday, I will talk about methods for evaluating projects and companies.

Finance for non-finance directors: Part 1

08 March 2021

A couple of years ago I got some excellent training on finance from a finance director at the FT. At the end of last year I went on a longer, more intensive course from the IoD, aimed at non-finance directors, and I learned LOADS.