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Professor Helen Sharp

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Associate Dean (Research & Scholarship)
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • School of Computing & Communications

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)CentreFaculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology


Externally funded projects

DSDM - Addendum 4

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Lead08/Dec/201531/Jul/2016DSDM Consortium
The Agile Research Network has three main aims: to generate original, applied research by explicating the detail of challenges experienced by agile software practitioners; to bring existing research (ours and others’) to the attention of practice, and test its applicability; and through the first two, to bridge the gap between research and practice in software development. Throughout this work dissemination within the collaborator organisation, to researchers, and to the wider practitioner community is achieved through publications and conference activities. The overall project follows a timeboxed and iterative process, just like agile software development itself, and involves the team working with one organisation per timebox. This organisation will have identified one or more challenges in their agile practice when we start the timebox. The team investigates the challenge in the organisational context, seeks out and collates existing research that may address that challenge, and works with the organisation to change their practice to ameliorate that challenge. Through the detailed explication of challenges, their contexts and their potential ‘solutions’, we can increase the understanding of software practice. In addition, we can realise and track the impact that relevant research may have. Our approach can be viewed as action research and is related to the notion of ‘mode 2’ research undertaken in Business Schools. Further details of the approach, collaborators since the Network started at the beginning of 2013, conference and activities, and access to white papers and research outputs are at