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I am curious how much process research is being done as an industry. With billions at stake, it seems like I would run across more studies where teams were paid to produce the same software independently. But virtually none of the methodologies I read are backed by much rigorous experimentation.

Maybe it exists and I am just not reading the correct articles.

You're 100% right that this is exactly the kind of thing that needs to be tested in various settings to figure out what an optimal setup looks like for different problems. Unfortunately, I had a hell of a time finding actual comparative data with real metrics [1][2]. Pretty sad that 90% of the "research" available is either snake oil or mostly useless comparisons of methodology.

[1] https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/85d0/00404206914501d26e0bb4...

[2] https://www.researchgate.net/publication/261047173_Agile_and...

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