This is an awesome article: https://michaelochurch.wordpress.com/2015/06/06/why-agile-and-especially-scru... I've been in this situation before when "agile" processes were strewn like cancer throughout a project I really cared about like, with depressing results. As with any system of processes it's not the process itself that's inerently toxic, but the way it's implemented. I think it's possible to use scrum as a tool for oversight without demoralising talented developers, it just seems rare that it's done well. I strongly suspect that in many cases scrum is promoted as a way to justify certain expensive management roles that would otherwise simply not need to exist in an engineer-driven culture.