In this paper I have followed the practice I learnt while a consultant at Microsoft: that is “eating your own dog food”. At Microsoft it means running the business on your own software including the latest beta software. I have used Benefits Management as a framework to explore the huge challenges involved in transforming research into practice and to clarify some of the changes required. I have explored how learning from practice can influence the process of research so that research can become more relevant. In particular, I have considered how ‘agile’ principles and practices can be adapted to research projects. This appears to be a valuable line of inquiry with good opportunities for transforming research into practice for individual researchers as well as the wider academic community.