I get a little frustrated whenever I hear people say things like:
"[Agile Practice X] is [insert doubting words here], prove it to me that it [is better/is more efficient/is cost effective, etc]".
Built right into agile is your own little test lab where you can try it yourself without needing the official research study.
1. Execute in iterations to determine your velocity.
2. As a team, determine to try [Agile Practice X] for one or two iterations.
3. See if your velocity went up or down and reflect on the results.
4. Decide whether or not to keep [Agile Practice X].
So, as I have often heard my dad say: "quit your belly-aching" and try it already!