About Audrey Shearer

Owner/founder of Spiral, a software development company based in Wellington, New Zealand. Beekeeper, gardener, motorcyclist, vegetarian, I abhor cruelty to animals.

Meet-up with these two smart fellows

Last week I grabbed a corner of Eastbourne cafe, Hive, and spent the day with these two smart fellows who are the real workers bringing you Spinnaker. At Spiral we all work remotely. We don't get to see each other, face-to-face every day so these meetups are special and fun. Last weeks meet-up was a dev-meet-up [...]

By | February 11th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Lots of kakapo are having lots of kakapo sex

The New Zealand night parrot, the flightless kākāpō, is having a bumper year and we are very happy to report that our adopted kakapo, Nora, has successfully mated. Now we need to wait and find out if she lays fertile eggs. The kakapo is one of the world's rarest birds, there are only 147 alive [...]

By | January 30th, 2019|Sponsorship|Comments Off on Lots of kakapo are having lots of kakapo sex

A big thank you for an awesome 2018!

Many thanks to our customers for all your support and feedback this year. Your projects are the reason we come to work each day! Thanks also to our splendiferous suppliers who we depend on to do what we do. You are truly ka rawe! Spinnaker highlights ... Spinnaker was used to randomise over 2,773 patients.  [...]

By | December 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on A big thank you for an awesome 2018!

Welcome to our newest study TARGET Protein

After the game-changing results of the TARGET Trial, recently published in the NEMJ, comes the TARGET Protein Feasibility Study. And we are delighted to announce we will once again be supplying our Spinnaker Platform for data collection, randomisation and inventory management. You might ask how a feasibility study was able to afford the Spinnaker Platform. We [...]

By | November 22nd, 2018|New projects|Comments Off on Welcome to our newest study TARGET Protein

ANZICS Winter Forum from a Lead Developer’s perspective

Lead Developer, Cain Harland, joined Spiral many years ago and has been part of every web-based development the company has ever undertaken. In 2011, Spiral founded Spinnaker Software and that same year Cain took part in his first clinical trial project, The Heat Trial. He has continued as lead developer for all Spinnaker trials since. [...]

By | October 29th, 2018|Team News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on ANZICS Winter Forum from a Lead Developer’s perspective

Results of the ANZICS Winter Research Forum Spiral iPad competition

So many fabulous photos and witty captions from an interesting Winter Research Forum. Thanks everyone for your tweets and hashtags. The results are: Paul Young, @DogICUma  for "Spiral, it must be a sign' Diane Mackle, @DianeMackle   for "Researchers walk on water" Samantha Bates, @saminnz  for "Great to get pier review at the Winter CTG meeting" Mentions: Lee-anne Chapple, @LSChapple  [...]

By | August 28th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Results of the ANZICS Winter Research Forum Spiral iPad competition

Win an iPad at the ANZICS Sydney Winter Research Forum

ANZICS 2018 Winter Research Forum Spiral is running the ANZICS Winter Forum iPad competition again! The prize of a brand new, 32Gb iPad which will be presented on Tuesday the 28th of August immediately prior to the close of the conference. This is the NEW iPad that supports Apple Pencil! Here's what we [...]

By | August 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Win an iPad at the ANZICS Sydney Winter Research Forum

ICU-ROX 1,000 patients enrolled

ICU-ROX has reached it's target of 1,000 patients enrolled which means congratulations, not just to Paul Young and Di Mackle, who lead the teams but to each and every person involved. From the patients, to the clinicians, to the research coordinators to the project management team - it's a pleasure to work with people, like you, who [...]

By | May 29th, 2018|Study Success|Comments Off on ICU-ROX 1,000 patients enrolled

Reflecting on User Testing

It seems the last few weeks have been an endless round of user testing. REMAP-CAP and TTM2 and TAME - all three trials have been through user testing at the same time. To be honest it's been a testing month of user testing! User testing takes patience and attention to detail. It's time consuming and [...]

By | May 21st, 2018|Spinnaker, Usability|Comments Off on Reflecting on User Testing

What happens when you ask for a change to Spinnaker

Devops deployment So you have found something in your study that needs to change. Heres a small insight into what we do when you ask for a change. It could be that something in your CRF has changed, you have found a better way to do something or maybe something in Spinnaker [...]

By | February 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What happens when you ask for a change to Spinnaker