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


Rauf, Irum, Petre, Marian, Tun, Thein, Lopez, Tamara , Lunn, Paul , Van der Linden, Dirk, Towse, John,Sharp, Helen, Levine, Mark,Rashid, Awais and Nuseibeh, Bashar(2021). The Case for Adaptive Security Interventions. ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology (In Press).

French, Fiona , Mancini, Clara and Sharp, Helen(2021). Concept Craft Cards: Deck of theoretical and practical suggestions for ACI developers. In: 13th Conference on Creativity and Cognition, C and C 2021, 22-23 Jun 2021, Virtual Event.

Sharp, Helen and Taylor, Katie(2020). Strategy-Focused Agile Transformation: A Case Study. In: Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming – Workshops, Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, Springer, pp. 164–172.

Gregory, Peggy, Strode, Diane E. , AlQuaisi, Raid,Sharp, Helen and Barroca, Leonor(2020). Onboarding: How Newcomers Integrate into an Agile Project Team. In: Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming. XP 2020, Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, Springer, pp. 20–36.

Zaina, Luciana A. M. , Sharp, Helen and Barroca, Leonor(2021). UX information in the daily work of an agile team: A distributed cognition analysis. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 147, article no. 102574.

Lopez, Tamara , Sharp, Helen, Petre, Marian and Nuseibeh, Bashar(2021). Bumps in the Code: Error Handling during Software Development. IEEE Software, 38(3) pp. 26–34.

French, Fiona , Mancini, Clara and Sharp, Helen(2020). More than Human Aesthetics: Interactive Enrichment for Elephants. In: DIS '20: Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference, ACM pp. 1661–1672.

Gregory, Peggy, Strode, Diane , Barroca, Leonor, Sharp, Helen and Taylor, Katie(2020). Stakeholder Perceptions of IT Business Value in a Public Sector IT Digitalisation Project. In: European Conference on Information Systems.

Sharp, Helen, Rogers, Yvonne and Preece, Jenny ,(2019). Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction (5th edition). Wiley.

Bishop, Judith, Cooper, Kendra M. L.,Sharp, Helen and Whalen, Michael(2020). Introduction to the special issue on software engineering in practice. Software: Practice and Experience, 50(3) pp. 187–188.