Sometimes, in my past experiences, I worked in companies where Agile was a methodology not directly chosen by teams, but imposed from management. Because of that I had the feeling that a lot of cerimonies were held under pressure, so I did not feel them sincere and helpful.
What do you think about that? Is Agile beneficial only if it stems from the team necessities or do you see value in it also if imposed by management?
This is a great question! I have often seen this as well in a number of companies I've worked with. One key to dealing with is open and honest communication between development teams and the managers and going back to the Agile principles and values. I think the section (I think it was in Chapter 2 of the book) that talks about Business Rights and Developer Rights is something that you'd want to refer to when having those conversations with management.
The best ideas are the crazy ones. If you have a crazy idea and it works, it's really valuable.—Kent Beck