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I have almost never seen Scrum sold as magical by developers. Executives? Yes. Consultants? Yes. But developers?

I agree that fixed-scope contacts cause a lot of problems for Agile approaches. However, they also cause a lot of problems for non-Agile approaches. If I have to deal with supposedly fixed-scope situation, I'm going with and Agile approach.

There are two basic cases. One is that scope is truly fixed (which is rare). In that case, having a new releasable version every week with highest-priority features first is excellent risk management. When the date comes, you'll have something to ship. You also get to continually validate and improve internal processes, so you're more likely to be using the time available effectively.

The other is that scope was fixed in the contract but is in practice variable. So every week you deliver something to the customer. Every week you build trust. And every week you encourage them to do tests, deploy early, anything so they start getting value. At that point they get user and business feedback, and come to you with changes. That's the point where you start shifting from fixed-bid to time-and-materials. Maybe you keep to the same budget, but now they're getting more for their money. Maybe they look at the backlog and say, "Wow, there's still lots more value to deliver, let's keep going."

>I have almost never seen Scrum sold as magical by developers. Executives? Yes. Consultants? Yes. But developers?

In many places, especially smaller ones, project managers are also developers (or lead developers etc), and they often drink the Scrum kool-aid.

Seconded. I've also seen it promoted by developers who are in what one could call a "honeymoon period" of their careers. First or second job, probably learned programming at university so every task is an interesting challenge, SCRUM is their first agile methodology, they don't have enough broad knowledge about programming and the industry to become disillusioned and cynical. I've had such people evangelize SCRUM to me, with pride in their eyes, like it was the best thing since sliced bread.

I’ve noticed this, too. For some reason a junior developer on my team 2 years our of school was made into scrum master, and if we so much as sneeze there’s no JIRA ticket for it he starts whining.

It was heavily hyped by developers about 10 years ago. Now they've all given up because they didn't learn the right lesson.

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