Lipstick On A Pig?
Because the anecdotal evidence that I’ve seen over the years is overwhelming, I have absolutely no doubt that when Scrum is applied in the right context (e.g. small projects in unregulated industries), it works well for both managers and developers. However, when Scrum is either not applicable, or, more likely, it starts out well and then degenerates over time into a textbook case of micromanagement, it reminds me of the lipstick-on-a-pig metaphor. When that perverse inversion occurs, the management team walks around touting “we’re agile“, and the development team simply walks around.