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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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2019

Learning Entrepreneurship in Higher Education Through Flow Theory and FLIGBY Game

Authors
Almeida, F; Buzády, Z;

Publication
International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments

Abstract
This article performs an exploratory study of the potential of flow theory and FLIGBY game to contribute to develop entrepreneurship competencies among higher education students. For this purpose, this study considers the use of a focus group consisting of eight students enrolled in the entrepreneurship course in a higher educational institution in Portugal, in which students for two months explored FLIGBY. The results obtained allowed us to conclude that FLIGBY was also suitable to be explored in the context of entrepreneurship classes. Students emphasized the potential of the game to be applied for training of management skills, the recognition of their leadership skills, and the exploration of new approaches to the management challenges. Finally, it should be noted that the benefits offered by FLIGBY were experienced differently by students with professional experience in IT and management fields. Those students emphasized the application of the game to the real world and the potential offered for FLIGBY for allowing students to explore new skills and actions.

2019

Moving from Waterfall to Agile: Perspectives from IT Portuguese Companies

Authors
Almeida, F; Simões, J;

Publication
International Journal of Service Science, Management, Engineering, and Technology

Abstract
This study investigates the main motivations, difficulties and good practices in the migration process of software development models from Waterfall to Agile experienced by IT Portuguese companies. For that, we adopted a quantitative methodology based on multiple case studies that allowed us to explore five research questions. In a first step, we propose to identify the main reasons that motivate the companies to adopt Agile development processes and we intend to characterize this migration process. We also explore a set of good practices that can be followed in this migration process and we suggest a set of measures that can be used to assess the success of projects in an Agile environment. Finally, we explore the organizational and management impacts with the introduction of Agile processes.

2019

Social Network Security Risks and Vulnerabilities in Corporate Environments

Authors
Almeida, F; Pinheiro, J; Oliveira, V;

Publication
International Journal of Applied Management Sciences and Engineering

Abstract
Increasingly social networks are used both in the personal and professional levels, being companies and employees also exposed to the risks posed by them. In this sense, it is relevant to analyze employees' perception of the risks and vulnerabilities posed by the use of social networks in corporate environments. For this purpose, a questionnaire was developed and distributed to 372 employees of small and medium-sized companies that allowed the characterization and analysis of those risks. The results indicate that the security risks are perceived moderately by employees, emphasizing the risk of defamation and cyberbullying as being the most pertinent. On the other hand, the findings indicate that older employees, the existence of lower academic qualifications, and those working in medium-sized companies are more aware of these risks.

2018

Canvas Framework for Performing Systematic Reviews Analysis

Authors
Almeida, F;

Publication
Multidisciplinary Journal for Education, Social and Technological Sciences

Abstract
<p class="Textoindependiente21">The systematic review of the literature is a fundamental methodology for analyzing critically the existing literature on a given research theme. They are designed to be methodical, replicable and guide the author in identifying the main lines of investigation and conclusions in each scientific domain and, in addition, help them in the identification of new directions of research. However, the systematic review process is typically viewed as too heterogeneous, complex and time-consuming. In this sense, it is pertinent to propose a new approach for conducting systematic reviews that may be more agile, not only in terms of development, but also in the analysis of the results of a systematic review process. This article presents a canvas framework for conducting a systematic review composed of nine blocks and based on a set of identified good practices found in the literature, in which it is possible to easily identify all the steps of the process, options taken, and main results.</p>

2018

UX Challenges and Best Practices in Designing Web and Mobile Solutions

Authors
Almeida, F; Monteiro, JA;

Publication
Advances in Computer and Electrical Engineering - Handbook of Research on Contemporary Perspectives on Web-Based Systems

Abstract