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Fernando Luís Almeida holds a PhD in Engineering and Computer Science from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP). In addition, he holds a master's degree in Innovation and Technological Entrepreneurship and a degree in Computer Engineering and Computing from FEUP. In the last 10 years he has worked in the field of education at a higher polytechnic institution, performing research and teaching activities in the domain of computer systems engineering. Throughout his professional career he worked in institutions of reference such as Critical Software, Qimonda, FEUP, ISR Porto and iNESC TEC. He has also worked on several international projects in partnership with European reference organizations in the telecommunications, industry and scientific research sectors. Current research areas include innovation policies, enterprise / university knowledge transfer, university spinoffs, software engineering, and decision support systems.

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2022

The Role of Intrapreneurship in Portuguese Startups

Authors
Almeida, F; Miguel Oliveira, J;

Publication
Periodica Polytechnica Social and Management Sciences

Abstract
Intrapreneurship is becoming a key factor in the growth of a company in a highly dynamic and progressively more competitive business environment. The idea of intrapreneurship is to encourage greater employee involvement within the organisation in which they work, giving them the freedom to innovate and experiment in a proactive, creative, and innovative way. In the startups, the role of intrapreneurship is of great relevance knowing that startups are designed to scale and grow exponentially in a short time and with few resources. Innovation is at the core of a startup and intrapreneurship initiatives allow leveraging this capacity in startups. Accordingly, this study seeks to explore the phenomenon of intrapreneurship in startups, seeking to understand how formal and informal intrapreneurship initiatives are taken on by startups, and also exploring the role played by existing resources to support these initiatives. The results of the study allow us to conclude that startups value intrapreneurship initiatives despite financial constraints that overlap with time constraints that affect what can be allocated to these activities. Finally, medium-sized startups and those with more qualified human capital tend to value and support intrapreneur initiatives more intensely. In contrast, startups with less academically qualified human capital offer worse conditions and support to intrapreneur activities.

2022

Practical Approach for Apps Design in Compliance With Accessibility, Usability, and User Experience

Authors
Almeida, F; Bernardo, N; Lacerda, R;

Publication
Advances in Web Technologies and Engineering - App and Website Accessibility Developments and Compliance Strategies

Abstract
There is a huge proliferation of digital products on the market today for both large enterprises and small businesses. Most of these companies have experienced the development of software products for the mobile market and have been faced with the major challenge of capturing the customer's attention. There is a great focus on making a great first impact and providing the audience with the best possible digital experience. Accordingly, issues related to usability, accessibility, and user experience are extremely relevant. This chapter addresses how these practices can be used in practice by building an app that offers car cleaning services. Several approaches based on building app interfaces that increase user engagement and retention levels are explored and discussed.

2022

Technological Application to Managing a Municipal Urban Garden

Authors
Almeida, F; Miranda, N; Vieira, B;

Publication
Advances in Environmental Engineering and Green Technologies - Disruptive Technologies and Eco-Innovation for Sustainable Development

Abstract
The implementation of urban gardens, which are increasingly appearing in cities, aims to respond actively to the growing demand for urban spaces for the installation of urban gardens, creating conditions for the practice of sustainable agriculture in an urban context. Through these initiatives, it is intended to ensure that the needs of the population are met and to maximize the benefits arising from the practice of urban agriculture, both for the environment and for people's quality of life. Technology is a facilitating element in the process of acquiring and maintaining these urban gardens. This chapter presents an app that can be used by farmers to manage the production of consumer goods in this space, providing information about the status of crops, products to be grown, and types of required maintenance. This app simplifies the production process and also increases the sustainability of agriculture activities considering the economic, social, and logistical dimensions.

2022

The Contribution of Serious Games for the Success of Students in Entrepreneurship

Authors
Almeida, F;

Publication
Research Anthology on Developments in Gamification and Game-Based Learning

Abstract
The adoption of serious games as a complement to traditional classroom training is still an emerging theme, but it offers relevant potentialities for both students and teachers. This study describes the integration process of serious games in an entrepreneurship course over five years (2014-2018). In the first three years, the ENTRExplorer was adopted, while in the last two years the FLIGBY was used. The experience of using entrepreneurship serious games is analyzed according to multiple perspectives, such as complexity, generation of more entrepreneurial or group working skills, engagement, interactivity, learning outcomes, or even the impact on the intention to establish a new venture. The findings allowed a comparative analysis of the two games, indicating significant differences in some of those dimensions. Nevertheless, the learning outcomes provided by each game were considered relevant by the students, showing that both games can be useful in the process of learning and acquiring entrepreneurship competencies.

2022

Exploring the Benefits of Combining DevOps and Agile

Authors
Almeida, FL; Simões, J; Lopes, S;

Publication
Future Internet

Abstract
The combined adoption of Agile and DevOps enables organizations to cope with the increasing complexity of managing customer requirements and requests. It fosters the emergence of a more collaborative and Agile framework to replace the waterfall models applied to software development flow and the separation of development teams from operations. This study aims to explore the benefits of the combined adoption of both models. A qualitative methodology is adopted by including twelve case studies from international software engineering companies. Thematic analysis is employed in identifying the benefits of the combined adoption of both paradigms. The findings reveal the existence of twelve benefits, highlighting the automation of processes, improved communication between teams, and reduction in time to market through process integration and shorter software delivery cycles. Although they address different goals and challenges, the Agile and DevOps paradigms when properly combined and aligned can offer relevant benefits to organizations. The novelty of this study lies in the systematization of the benefits of the combined adoption of Agile and DevOps considering multiple perspectives of the software engineering business environment.