Prof Helen Sharp

Professor of Software Engineering

I conduct research in software practice, focusing on human and social aspects of software development and drawing on methods and theories from a range of disciplines both inside and outside software engineering. I have served on several editorial boards including TSE, EMSE and JSS, and currently am on the Advisory Board for IEEE Software. I am joint author of one of the leading HCI textbooks, Interaction Design (, now in its 5th edition.


agile empirical UX


Choma, Joelma, Machado, Leticia, de Souza, Cleidson R. B.,Sharp, Helen, Barroca, Leonor and Zaina, Luciana(2022). Towards Understanding How Software Startups Deal with UX from Customer and User Information. In: Software Business. ICSOB 2022. Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, vol 463. (Carroll, Noel; Nguyen-Duc, Anh; Wang, Xiaofeng and Stray, Viktoria eds.), Springer, Cham, pp. 287–303.

Choma, Joelma,Sharp, Helen, Barroca, Leonor, De Souza, Cleidson, Machado, Leticia and Zaina, Luciana ,(2022). Towards a Pattern Language for improving UX work in Software Startups. In: PLoP (Pattern Languages of Programs) Conference 2022, 17-24 Oct 2022, Online, (In Press).

Lopez, Tamara , Sharp, Helen, Thein, Tun, Bandara, Arosha, Levine, Mark and Nuseibeh, Bashar(2022). Security Responses in Software Development. ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology (Early Access).

Deshpande, Advait and Sharp, Helen(2022). Responsible AI Systems: Who are the Stakeholders? In: AIES '22: Proceedings of the 2022 AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society, ACM pp. 227–236.

Rauf, Irum, Lopez, Tamara , Sharp, Helen and Petre, Marian(2022). Challenges of Recruiting Developers in Multidisciplinary Studies. In: 1st International Workshop on Recruiting Participants for Empirical Software Engineering (RoPES’22).

Uwadi, Maduka, Gregory, Peggy,Allison, Ian and Sharp, Helen(2022). Roles of Middle Managers in Agile Project Governance. In: Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming. XP 2022, Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, vol 445. Springer, Cham.

Rauf, Irum, Lopez, Tamara , Sharp, Helen, Petre, Marian, Tun, Thein, Levine, Mark, Towse, John, Linden, Dirk van der,Rashid, Awais and Nuseibeh, Bashar(2022). Influences of developers' perspectives on their engagement with security in code. In: Proceedings of CHASE ’22: Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Cooperative and Human Aspects of Software Engineering (CHASE) (CHASE 2022), ACM, New York, NY, USA, pp. 86–95.

Strode, Diane,Sharp, Helen, Barroca, Leonor, Gregory, Peggy and Taylor, Katie ,(2022). Tensions in Organisations Transforming to Agility. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 69(6) pp. 3572–3583.

Sharp, Helen, Lopez, Tamara and Wermelinger, Michel(2022). Informed consent and participant recruitment in studies of software practice. In: ROPES Workshop.

Gregory, Peggy, Strode, Diane , Sharp, Helen and Barroca, Leonor(2022). An Onboarding Model for Integrating Newcomers into Agile Project Teams. Information and Software Technology, 143, article no. 106792.