Agile research

Michael Twidale, Preben Hansen, First Monday, Jan 03, 2019
Commentary by Stephen Downes

"We already know what Big Design Up Front, waterfall style research looks like," write the authors. "Unlike in the setting of software development, there are many situations when BDUF waterfall style research is perfectly fine, indeed desirable or the best thing to do. But not always." I think a lot of research already operates within this paradigm, as illustrated by one of the risks mentioned by the authors: "agile research can be seen as perpetuating, even encouraging the concept of the ‘least publishable unit’ as an analogy to the minimal viable product." Image: Raphael Velt.

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