I hope it has!!!
Scientific method as a hole is about progress, progress, progress.
The world of science has had to move forward with all scientific discovery and theory. This is to make sure that the very best discoveries are fact or very plausible before being announced to the general public. Also to manipulate and make advances on that very first idea.
You see everything we have (technologically), for example our personal computers started from a single fact, theory & idea, if it wasnt for scientific method there would be no progress on how advancements that make our pc's faster every 6 months (moores law).
i do howether feel very sorry for some theoretical scientists who try to think outside the box and have there ideas poo poo'd by the scientific world because it doesnt fall inline with there own theories.. But thats just science (sub atomic).