Agile folk love notions borrowed from Japanese manufacturing, like Kaizen, ‘continuous improvement’. From the perspective of teams expected to transform, continuous may also mean relentless, ceaseless, unsustainable.
Overplayed principles and constant collaboration can make it hard to find space to think and recharge. Coaches gaze deep into our souls, retros wring us for insight and apps ruthlessly interrupt our flow.
Despite best intentions, agile methods are just as likely - perhaps more likely - to lead to withdrawal and burnout. Taken to the extreme, the Japanese have a term; Karōshi, 'overwork death'.