Doctoral Candidates

Ken Power

Ken Power Image Ken is a Principal Engineer with Cisco's Cloud Solutions group. He lives in Galway, Ireland and works with teams and organizations around the world. His responsibilities include leading the agile transformation for Cisco’s largest software group. He is also a doctoral researcher with Lero/NUIG in agile, lean and software engineering research. He is currently completing a PhD in Flow-based software development with Dr. Kieran Conboy. His work and research interests include agile, lean, flow, complex adaptive systems, and organisation effectiveness, as well as software and systems architecture, Cloud, DevOps and software engineering management. He is a frequent speaker on these topics at the major international agile, lean and software engineering conferences, and has published numerous papers on agile, lean, and software engineering, including winning the IEEE Software best paper award. Ken is a Fellow of the Lean Systems Society, a certified Human Systems Dynamics Professional, and a trained Co-Active Coach and Organization & Relationship System Coach.

Roger Sweetman

Roger Sweetman Image Roger is currently part of the Lero software research center in NUI Galway. He previously worked as a software design engineer with a number of ambitious companies in the IT RAID storage and processor design sectors. He has extensive public and private sector experience having also worked for both the Irish Department of Marine as a storage architect and NUI Galway as a research accountant. He holds a degree in experimental physics from Trinity College Dublin, he is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has an Executive MBA from NUI Galway. He is currently completing a PhD in information systems in NUI Galway.

Roger’s research is focused on how emergence can be managed in portfolios of software and information systems projects. Information systems project portfolio management is a complex endeavour, comprising many projects and teams and enacted in a highly dynamic environment. This results in unpredictable, emergent outcomes that are difficult to manage using traditional portfolio management approaches. The purpose of his research project is to use complex adaptive systems theory to identify practices that enable the project portfolio management function to manage emergence. He is addressing this by identifying practices in other complex adaptive systems and adapting them to the specific challenges of information systems project portfolio management. To do this he is interviewing both academic experts and industry practitioners. His research has been presented at international conferences such as LESS2013, ICIS2015 and the Irish Engineers Journal