Anna Shipman

Recent blog posts

The difficult teenage years at Tech Nottingham

13 May 2020

I was meant to go to Nottingham this week to give a talk about tech strategy. It was going to be a follow on from my talk at Continuous Lifecycle, After the Launch: the difficult teenage years – where are we a year later and what have I learned?

Social distancing quiz

29 March 2020

With our whole team suddenly working from home, we’ve put in a regular Friday 3pm “remote social” for the whole of Customer Products, a team of about 60 people. The idea is to help with the loss of the casual chat and social interaction we get in the office. Last Friday, for the first one, I ran a remote quiz.


31 December 2019

I’ve written briefly about Slack before (at the end of my post on High Output Management), but this year I decided to re-read it. It’s good. Here are my notes from the second read.

The Effective Executive

30 December 2019

This year, I finally read The Effective Executive. It was great. Here are some of the things I took from it.


24 December 2019

Triggers is a very interesting book. The subtitle says it’s about creating lasting behavioural change, which I did not find in my case, but it is full of useful, actionable insights about day-to-day issues we face at work and at home. Here are my notes.

What got you here won't get you there

22 December 2019

Earlier this year, I read What Got You Here Won’t Get You There. Great title. For me, the book didn’t quite live up to my initial hopes, but it was interesting and thought-provoking. Here are my notes.

No next Next

10 September 2019

Last week, I wrote about how we worked out our tech strategy for In this post I talk about the strategy itself: No next Next. And also about the Sugababes.

The difficult teenage years: Setting tech strategy after a launch

02 September 2019

When you are launching a new product to replace an existing one, it’s easy to rally behind the mission and make the right technical decisions that will get you over the line. But after the launch, it’s very common for things to lose focus: the vision is no longer so clear, corners you cut to get the product live come back to bite, and the tech can start to feel like it’s drifting off track.

After the launch: the difficult teenage years

10 August 2019

After you launch a new product and no longer have the launch to work towards, it’s very easy for things to drift off track. This is the difficult teenage years.

Russell Davies's strategy advice

08 July 2019

Last year, I met the excellent Russell Davies to ask his advice on how to create a strategy. Russell was the Director of Strategy at the Government Digital Service while I was there. He and the internal comms team did an amazing job of making sure we were all aware of what we were doing and why.