Agility Goes Viral: Infectious concepts for the world beyond IT

location_city Washington schedule Oct 3rd 01:15 - 02:00 PM EST place Ballroom B people 3 Interested

Have you ever noticed that some people, or yourself, were already doing agile intuitively before it was called “agile”? This observation emerged early in my agile journey and further validated as I started learning more about the field and history of virology. My father is a renowned virologist who worked with many international health policy agencies such as the World Health Organization; and I was fortunate enough to learn about virology through his teachings and publications in vaccine development and epidemics.  

Agility has manifested throughout history, across trades and beyond modern businesses and IT. However, we often overlook these great examples of agility in practice because we focus on our own industry and domains of practice. During this talk I will share examples of where agility manifested in the field and history of virology and how agile values helped propel vaccine development, scientific paradigm shifts and immunization campaigns. By discovering stories of how  agile values were intuitively applied in different domains of practice, attendees may realize the greater presence of agility in the world and find opportunities to gather insights from those experiences.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Case Study

During this talk, I will explore how agility appeared throughout the history of virology. Specifically, I will discuss how agile values helped propel various scientific developments, campaigns, etc. in the field of virology, such as: 

 

  • Edward Jenner’s breakthrough approach to developing the first vaccine
  • The knowledge evolution and adoption of new scientific paradigms in Yellow Fever disease 
  • Agile and innovative Polio immunization campaigns
  • The Kuhn cycle - revolutions in scientific development

 

My talk will be interactive and engaging. I will include minimal slides, encourage participation, and open opportunities to ask questions throughout and at the end of the presentation. I may also bring some historical medical artifacts from my dad’s collection for show-and-tell. 

 

At the time of this submission, I am still trying to convince my dad to join me in the presentation as co-presenter. Crossing fingers and toes!

Learning Outcome

  • Provide concrete examples of the impact of agility that go beyond modern businesses or the IT industry. 
  • Describe how they can apply agile values to make a meaningful impact on our broader global context

Target Audience

Anyone interested in learning more about agility outside of IT

Prerequisites for Attendees

N/A

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