Anna Shipman

Strategic technology leader. CTO at Kooth, a company specialising in digital mental health. Previously Technical Director at the Financial Times, Technical Architect at the Government Digital Service.

I speak at conferences and write about strategy and tech leadership on my blog, JFDI.

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Recent posts

Managing Managers podcast: Splitting time and tech strategy

16 May 2024

I recently joined Pat Kua on his Managing Managers podcast. We had a great conversation about many topics including strategy vs tactics, how to split your time as a technical leader and about my CTO role at Kooth, digital mental health for children and young people.


29 April 2024

A format I have found useful for making proposals is 1-measure-3-1. This is a variation on the 1-3-1 problem-solving method (nice summary here), focused specifically on proposals.

Learning from a strategy project

14 January 2024

A couple of years ago I worked on a strategic project that was outside my remit. It was an incredible learning experience for me and here is some of what I learned.

Scaling People

26 November 2023

I recently read Scaling People by Claire Hughes Johnson, former COO of Stripe. I was first interested in it because it was reviewed in the Economist (paywall) and then an excellent colleague of mine recommended it. Here are my notes.

Analysing, Deciding Doing: How to develop and execute an effective strategy

10 September 2023

In June 2023, I delivered a talk at Turing Fest on how to create a strategy. This talk is the one I would have liked to have seen when writing my first strategy: how you actually do strategy.

Strategic technology leadership: video

03 September 2023

Earlier this year, I keynoted the second day of CTO Craft Con: The Strategic CTO, and the video is now available:

Strategic technology leadership: fireside chat

11 July 2023

I keynoted the second day of CTO Craft Con: The Strategic CTO. The topic was strategic technology leadership. This is a write-up; you can watch the video here.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

26 June 2023

I have recently read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It was not what I’d expected, and very good. Here are my notes.

Software Architecture Hour with Neal Ford

20 May 2023

A few weeks ago I joined Neal Ford on his Software Architecture Hour to talk about technical strategy. I really enjoyed this conversation; we covered a really broad range of topics, mostly driven by audience questions. We talked about building strategy and selling it, how to do architecture across big groups, how governance can not be a dirty word and more.

What next for No next Next?

12 December 2022

Just over three years ago, I wrote about the tech strategy for Customer Products, No next Next. In this post I talk about how we’ve implemented our strategy, what the outcomes are, and what we are going to do next.