Prof Helen Sharp
Telephone: +44 (0)1908 653638
Fax: +44 (0)1908 652140
I am Professor of Software Engineering in the Computing Department of
The Open University, where I lead the Empirical
Studies of Software Development research group.
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 actively involved in
the development and organisation of several academic and industrial conferences
in software engineering, HCI and agile development, including SPA, Agile; XP; OOPSLA
(now called SPLASH); and HCI. I was
Associate Editor in Chief for IEEE
Software with responsibility for human and social aspects from 2008 to
2010 and am now co-editor of the Voice of Evidence column.
The Academic Research Programme for the Agile Alliance has been
discontinued, but reports of
the exciting research that it supported are still available on the website.
I am joint author for one of the leading HCI text books and am co-founder of the International Pedagogical Patterns project.
Selected publications are listed below.
- Plonka, L.F., Sharp, H. and
van der Linden, J. (2012) Disengagement in Pair Programming: does it
matter? In Proceedings of ICSE 2012.
- with Yvonne Rogers and Jenny Preece (2011) Interaction Design:
beyond human-computer interaction (3nd edition), John Wiley
(with associated website).
- 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) 963-974.
H. and Sharp, H. (2009) The emergence of object-oriented technology: the
role of community, Behaviour and
Information Technology 21(3) pp. 211-222.
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)
- Sharp, 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
- Hall, T., Sharp, H., Beecham, S., Baddoo, N.,
and Robinson, H. (2008) What do we know about motivation?, IEEE Software July/August 2008
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,
- Robinson, H., Segal, J. and Sharp, H. (2007)
Ethnographically-informed Empirical Studies of Software Practice, Information and Software Technology, 49(6) 540-551
- Petre, M., Johnson, J. and Sharp, H. (2006) Simple elements given
complexity through combination: a combinatorial account of knitwear
design, Design Studies, 27(2), 183-222
- Sharp, H., Hovenden, F. and Woodman, M. (2005)
Using metaphor to analyse qualitative data: Vulcans and Humans in software
development, Empirical Software
Engineering 10(3) 343 - 365.
H. and Robinson, H. (2004) An ethnographic study of XP practices, Empirical
Software Engineering 9(4), 353-375.
H., Woodman, M. and Hovenden, F. (2004) Tensions in the adoption and
evolution of software quality management systems: a discourse analytic
approach, International Journal of Human Computer Studies, 61(2), 219-236.
H., Manns, M.L. and Eckstein, J. (2003) Evolving Pedagogical Patterns: the
work of the pedagogical patterns project, Computer Science Education, 13(4), 315-330.