Prof Helen Sharp
Telephone: +44 (0)1908
I am Professor of Software Engineering in the
Computing and Communications Department of The Open University, and Associate
Dean for Research, Scholarship and Enterprise in the Faculty of Maths,
Computing and Technology.
My main research interest focuses on the
human and social aspects of software engineering, leveraging my expertise in
both Interaction Design and Software Engineering. In particular, I am
interested in the practice of software engineering and therefore have
established and maintain a wide range of industrial collaborations.
I am joint author for one of the leading HCI text books and co-founder
of the Agile Research Network.
Currently, I am academic chair for XP2016, Associate
Editor for IEEE Transactions on
Software Engineering, and a member of the advisory board for IEEE Software.
Selected publications are listed below.
- Sharp, H., Dittrich, Y. and deSouza, C. (2016) The Role of Ethnographic Studies in
Empirical Software Engineering, IEEE
Transactions on Software Engineering, DOI 10.1109/TSE.2016.2519887
- with Yvonne Rogers and
Jenny Preece (2015) Interaction Design:
beyond human-computer interaction (4th edition), John Wiley
(with associated website).
- Bjarnason, E. and Sharp,
H. (2015) The role of distances in requirements communication: a case
study, Requirements Engineering. 10.1007/s00766-015-0233-3
- Segal, J., Petre, M. and Sharp, H. (2015)
The future of e-infrastructures, Computing in Science & Engineering,
17(3) pp. 78–84
- Plonka, L., Sharp, H., van der Linden, J. and Dittrich,
Y. (2015) Knowledge transfer in pair programming: an
in-depth analysis, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies,
73, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhcs.2014.09.001.
L.F., Sharp, H. and van der Linden, J. (2012) Disengagement in Pair
Programming: does it matter? In Proceedings of ICSE 2012.
- Abdelnour-Nocera, J. and Sharp, H. (2012) Understanding conflicts in Agile
adoption through technological frames, International
Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge
Development, 4(2) 29-45, April-June 2012
- Ferreira, J., Sharp, H. and Robinson, H.M. (2011)
User Experience Design and Agile Development: Managing cooperation through
articulation work, Software Practice
and Experience, 41(9)
- Robinson, H. and Sharp, H. (2009) The emergence of object-oriented technology: the role
of community, Behaviour and Information Technology 21(3)
J., Sharp, H. and Blandford, A. (2009) The role
of user experience practitioners on agile project in Proceedings of Agile 2009.
- Hall, T., Beecham, S., Baddoo,
N., Sharp, H. and Robinson, H. (2009) A Systematic Review of Theory Use in
Studies Investigating the Motivations of Software Engineers, ACM Transactions on Software
Engineering and Methodology, 18(3)
H., Robinson, H.M. and Petre, M. (2009) The Role
of Physical Artefacts in Agile Software
Development: two complementary perspectives, Interacting with Computers, 21(1-2) 108-116
T., Sharp, H., Beecham, S., Baddoo, N., and
Robinson, H. (2008) What do we know about motivation?,
IEEE Software July/August 2008
- Sharp, H. and Robinson, H. (2008)
Collaboration and Co-ordination in mature eXtreme
Programming teams, International
Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 66, 506-518.
- Capiluppi, A., Ramil,
J.F., Higman, J., Sharp, H. and Smith, N. (2007)
An empirical study of evolution patterns for an agile system, that
combines qualitative and quantitative approaches, in Proceedings of
ICSE 2007, ACM, pp 511-518.
- Petre, M., Johnson, J. and
Sharp, H. (2006) Simple elements given complexity through combination: a
combinatorial account of knitwear design, Design Studies, 27(2),
- Sharp, H. and Robinson, H. (2004)
An ethnographic study of XP practices, Empirical Software Engineering