This has already been asked (How can a team working on research based items work in an Agile project?), but the thread is from 2011, so I thought I'd poke for an update.
Does anyone know of a good process for managing research projects or a whole research organization (as in scientific research rather than R&D) through Agile methodology? Does anyone know examples of institutes doing this?
I was able to find SCORE (Scrum for Research) but it's mainly for teaching faculty and research students. In a more recent piece Agile Research the authors conclude that "no “academic agile process” has yet been laid out". They do take the subject a bit further, developing "the principles of agile research" based on their software development counterparts. I've made a preliminary search for scientific papers on agile research, but with no results worth mentioning.
All in all, there seems to be a surprising lack of documents describing the use of Agile in research. Why? It's not a novel idea - has it ultimately proven to be a bad idea?