(Re: “The myth of 10X superprogrammers”), Oh, and Picasso was a house painter.
What caught my attention in this article was the lack of documented support for your remark. On the other hand, the 10X proposition is supported by scholarly works published and available for anyone to read if they wish. To help you get started, run a Web search for “Capers Jones”.
In the decade past, a great many organizations have bought into the misguided proposition that process trumps people and tools overcome incompetence. These ideas have been packaged in all sorts of nice, polite terms. The impact of these ideas has been largely negative in terms of quality of product, time to market and meeting customer needs. In addition, it casts a poor light on important tools.
People are the essential element in art, literature, sports… and software engineering. Design matters, and design aesthetic is in desperately short supply. Engaging the right people is extraordinarily important. Keeping them engaged is harder yet.
Old news on Scrum hybrids
You are on point but many years too late (re: “Water-Scrum-fall is the reality of agile”). I was a consultant in 2006 preaching the virtues of a true Scrum process framework implementation. Within one organization I worked with, they had four delivery streams active (think million-dollar projects), and only one of them was true Scrum. The others were what we called “ScrummerFall” or “AgileFacade”—a mash-up of cherry-picked Scrum and waterfall features.