Leonor Barroca is a Senior Lecturer in Computing at The Open University. Her research is in the Software Engineering area where she has published in international conferences and journals; she has recently been also carrying out research in the area of research skills development in distance education and open educational resources for software engineering. She has been involved with undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in software engineering. For more information see.
Peggy Gregory is a Senior Lecturer in Computing at the University of Central Lancashire. She has worked at UCLAN for 14 years, having previously worked as an IT manager in an SME. Her research involves investigating how people use, organise and design technology; and understanding its social and ethical impact, with a particular focus on agile methods and eHealth. At UCLAN she works with Katie Taylor teaching the MSc in Agile Software Projects, and liaising with local businesses that use agile approaches. For more information see.
Helen Sharp is Professor of Software Engineering at the Open University. Her research focuses on the study of professional software practice and she has been working with software practitioners since the early 1990s. She is very active in both software engineering and UX/interaction design communities and has had a long association with practitioner-related conferences. Helen is joint author of one of the leading textbooks on Interaction Design (id-book.com) now in its third edition. She is co-editor of the Voice of Evidence column for IEEE Software, and reviews for many journals and conferences. For more information see.
Katie Taylor spent many years as a self-employed consultant, working on a wide range of projects. She specialised in enabling communication between different levels of staff, especially during times of radical change. She is now Senior Lecturer and Course Leader of the UK’s first MSc in Agile Software Projects within the School of Computing, Engineering & Physical Sciences at the University of Central Lancashire. For more information see.
Diane Strode My research concerns agile software development. I study how agile software development affects projects, teams, and organisations from a coordination perspective. Typically based on case studies, my research contributes theoretical and practical knowledge to information systems development, IT project management, and software engineering.
Currently, I am a visiting Research Associate at The Open University in the United Kingdom working on projects with the Agile Research Network (ARN). I am also a Senior Lecturer in the School of Information Technology and Business at Whitireia Polytechnic, New Zealand.
I have a PhD (Information Systems) from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, a Master of Information Science from Massey University, New Zealand, a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) from The University of Melbourne, Australia, and industry experience as a software developer at Mobil Oil Australia.