We fired our top talent. Best decision we ever made.
Jonathan Solórzano-Hamilton

Your culture created rick and his breakdown. What you’re not telling us is about all the sprints when new requirements heaped on and your management wouldn’t hear “no” or “it’ll take longer”. You created a silo called “rick” because each task independently was faster if your sprint earmarked it for him. It’s great that you were able to use him as a scapegoat and recover, but you might have taken away the wrong lesson.