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I advocate by-the-book-scrum for two cases:

a) To get a collective frame of reference going, especially if the team is not just 3 dudes who already know each other.

b) The most open and direct way possible to confront a disfunctional organization with all the elements (mostly, people) that stop them from being agile.

Of course, once you get into the swing of things, take off the training wheels and fuck Scrum.

The only reason I would be hesitant to do that would be the baggage that the term "scrum" has with so many good people. If someone hears me talking about scrum/agile/whatever and I remind them of the last snake oil infused zealot they worked with, I have immediately lost some credibility.

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