Anna Shipman

Recent blog posts

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.

Creating, defining and refining an effective tech strategy

26 February 2021

Last month I facilitated a panel at Lead Dev Live about how to build an effective tech strategy.

Some notes on inclusive leadership

06 January 2021

I recently went on an inclusive leadership course at work. It was very interesting. There were four particular lists that I wanted to make a note of to refer back to:

How Durable Teams Take You Further, Faster

10 December 2020

Last week I gave a keynote at CTO Craft conference based on my blog post about moving to durable teams.

Turn the Ship Around!

26 November 2020

Prompted by some discussions at work, I recently read Turn the Ship Around! I enjoyed it. Here are my notes.