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


Dittrich, Yvonne, Sharp, Helen and De Souza, Cleidson ,(2024). Teaching and Learning Ethnography for Software Engineering Contexts. In: Mendez, Daniel; Avgeriou, Paris; Kalinowski, Marcos and bin Ali, Nauman eds. Teaching Empirical Research Methods in Software Engineering. Springer (In Press).

Lopez, Tamara, Sharp, Helen and Wermelinger, Michel ,(2024). Co-Designing Resilient Socio-Technical Software Systems. In: 2024 International Workshop on Designing Software (Designing ’24), 14-15 Apr 2024, Lisbon, Portugal.

Sharp, Helen ,(2024). Humans in the Loop: People at the Heart of Systems Development. In: Werthner, Hannes; Ghezzi, Carlo; Kramer, Jeff; Nida-Rümelin, Julian; Nuseibeh, Bashar; Prem, Erich and Stanger, Allison eds. Introduction to Digital Humanism: A Textbook. Springer, Cham, pp. 359–371.

Moh'd, Shaima', Gregory, Peggy, Sharp, Helen and Barroca, Leonor ,(2024). Agile human resource management: A systematic mapping study. German Journal of Human Resource Management: Zeitschrift für Personalforschung (early access).

Rzevski, George, Sharp, Helen, Petre, Marian and Buckland, Rodney ,(1997). Intelligent Support for Conceptual Design: A flow modeling approach. Department of Computing, The Open University.

Sharp, Helen C., Hovenden, Fiona M. and Woodman, Mark ,(1998). Factors affecting the adoption of software. Department of Computing, The Open University.

Sharp, Helen C. and Griffyth, Jacqui ,(1998). Acquiring Object Technology Concepts: The role of previous software development experience. Department of Computing, The Open University.

Sharp, Helen, Robinson, Hugh and Segal, Judith ,(2004). Customer collaboration: successes and challenges in practice. Report of an activity session held at XP 2003. Department of Computing, The Open University.

Haley, Debra T., Nuseibeh, Bashar, Sharp, Helen C. and Taylor, Josie T. ,(2004). Managing Requirements for Mobile Learning. Department of Computing, The Open University.

Beecham, Sarah, Baddoo, Nathan, Hall, Tracy, Robinson, Hugh and Sharp, Helen ,(2006). Protocol for a Systematic Literature Review of Motivation in Software Engineering. Department of Computing, The Open University.