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Sharon Coyle

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BComm MBS PhD NUIG
Lecturer

Rm 4070
H70 - Abercrombie Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9036 9063
Fax +61 293517294
sharon.coyle@sydney.edu.au
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Bio

Dr. Sharon Coyle joined the University of Sydney in 2015. She holds a PhD, a Masters of Business Studies and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG). Sharon has an interest in research relating to project management, agile software development and information systems having published and presented her work in leading international conferences including the International Conference in Information Systems (ICIS), the European Conference in Information Systems (ECIS) and the Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS). Her work is also published in top-tiered journals such as the International Journal of Intelligent Information Technologies and IEEE Software.

Sharon’s current research interests lie in organisational tensions between ‘adaptability and predictability’ in impacting projects and teams and the role that information systems play in enabling agility. She also continues to develop prior published research on decision making, quality metrics and agile teams with a strong passion for research that has practical application.

Sharon teaches at undergraduate, postgraduate and Executive Education level and has received Outstanding Achievement in Teaching awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018. She recently acted at academic lead for the design and delivery of the University’s inaugural Systems Innovation course with the Royal Australian Navy.

Sharon previously worked as a lecturer and Director of the MBS E-Commerce Programme at NUIG. Since 2009, she has lead, designed and delivered a variety of courses some of which include: Contemporary Project Management, Agile Project Management, Business Systems Analysis, Business Systems Design & Implementation and IS Innovation. She has also been responsible for new course design and delivery via distance and blended learning.

Prior to joining academia, Sharon gained extensive industry experience in her work as a Management Consultant for Accenture where she worked on variety of high-profile projects for government bodies and financial services institutes.

Research Interests

Sharon’s domains of research include project management, agility, decision making and software development looking at quality indicators, agile teams, team behaviours, creative industries and organisational processes. Due to her experience as a Management Consultant, Sharon has a passion for research that can be applied to practice. For example, based on her research, Sharon has delivered thought-leadership presentations to members of Technology Ireland and the Irish Software Association on how to effectively employ HR processes in agile organisations.

Methodologically and conceptually Sharon’s work predominantly draws from qualitative research methods, interpretive work and case studies. Her current research interests lie in organisational tensions between ‘adaptability and predictability’ in impacting projects and teams and the role that information systems play in enabling agility. Her research on decision making, quality metrics and agile teams has been published and presented at leading international conferences and industry forums. Some of these include the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), the European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), the International Research Workshop on IT Project Management (IRWITPM) and the Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS). Her research on ‘People Over Process’ and ‘Group Process Losses’ as key challenges in agile projects has been published in leading practitioner journals such as IEEE Software and the International Journal of Intelligent Information Technologies.

Sharon’s community contributions include: Associate Editor for Managing Information Systems Projects and Information Systems Development for the International Conference on Information Systems, Track Chair for the Australasian Conference on Information Systems as well as actively reviewing for leading journals such as the European Journal of Information Systems and Information and Software Technology.

2016

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Barata J and Coyle S 2016 'Developing Socially-Constructed Quality Metrics in Agile: A Multi-Faceted Perspective', Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems ICIS 2016 - "Digital Innovation at the Crossroads", Dublin, Ireland, 14th December 2016

Seymour M and Coyle S 2016 'Towards a research agenda for adopting Agile Project Management in Creative Industries', Proceedings of the 11th International Research Workshop on Information Technology Project Management (IRWITPM), Dublin, Ireland, 10th December 2016

Coyle S and Barata J 2016 'Socially-Constructed Metrics for Agile Quality: An Action Research Study', Proceedings of the 27th Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS), Wollongong, Australia, 7th December 2016

2015

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Coyle S, Conboy K and Acton T 2015 'An Exploration of the Relationship between Contribution Behaviours and the Decision Making Process in Agile Teams', Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems ICIS 2015, Fort Worth, United States, 16th December 2015

Coyle S, Conboy K and Acton T 2015 'Investigating Process-Parameters for Decision Quality in Software Development Teams', Proceedings of the 24th International Conference in Information Systems Development, Harbin, China, 27th August 2015

2014

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Coyle S, Conboy K and Acton T 2014 'Examining the relationship between contribution behaviours and knowledge sharing in software development', Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Information Systems Development ISD2014, Varazdin, Croatia, 4th September 2014

2013

4
Journal Article/s

Coyle S, Conboy K and Action T 2013 'Group Process Losses in Agile Software Development Decision Making', International Journal of Intelligent Information Technologies, vol.9:2, pp. 38-53

2011

4
Journal Article/s

Conboy K, Coyle S, Wang X and Pikkarainen M 2011 'People over Process: Key Challenges in Agile Development', IEEE Software, vol.28:4, pp. 48-57

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Coyle S, Conboy K and Acton T 2011 'A Proposed Study of Contributions in Agile Systems Devleopment', Proceedings of the 6th International Research Workshop on Information Technology Project Management (IRWITPM), Shanghai, China, 4th December 2011

Coyle S, Conboy K and Acton T 2011 'Losing the Plot: Decision Behaviours in Agile Systems Development', Proceedings of the 22nd Australasian Conference on Information Systems ACIS, Sydney, Australia, 2nd December 2011

11
Seminar Paper/s

Coyle S, Conboy K and Acton T 2011 'Group Decision Making in Agile Systems Development, ISSP Student Doctoral Colloquium, National University of Ireland NUI, Galway, Ireland, 13 October 2011

2009

5
Conference Paper/s

Coyle S, Conboy K and Acton T 2009 'Contribution Behavours in Systems Development - A Position Paper', Irish Social Sciences Platform ISSP Conference, National University of Ireland NUI, Galway, Ireland, 2nd December 2009

Coyle S and Conboy K 2009 'A Case Study of Risk Management in Agile Systems Development', 17th European Conference on Information Systems ECIS, Verona, Italy, 10th June 2009

Coyle S and Conboy K 2009 'A Study of Risk Management in DSDM', 10th International Conference on Agile Processes and Extreme Programming in Software Engineering, Sardinia, Italy, 30th May 2009

Pikkarainen M, Conboy K, Coyle S, Wang X, Karlstom D, Still J and Keriersky J 2009 'What skills do we really need in agile software development? - Discussion of Industrial Impacts and Challenges', 10th International Conference on Agile Processes and Extreme Programming in Software Engineering, Sardinia, Italy, 30th May 2009

2008

5
Conference Paper/s

Conboy K and Coyle S 2008 'People over Process: The Implications of Agile for IS Skills', Pre-ICIS (International Conference in Information Systems) workshop, Dauphine University, Paris, France, 13th December 2008

Recent Units Taught

  • INFS2040 Project Management Foundations

    2017: S2,
    2016: S2,

  • INFS3040 Enterprise Systems and Integrated Business

    2016: S1,

  • INFS5001 Project Management

    2017: S1,

  • INFS6030 Project Management in Practice

    2018: S2,
    2017: S1, S2,
    2016: S1, S2,

  • INFS6032 Agile Project Management

    2018: S2,

  • MMGT6013 Project Management in Context

    2018: Int Feb,
    2017: Int Feb,
    2016: Int Feb,