Whoever came up with extreme programming should get a bullet in the head. Pair programming is a monstrous indignity that puts people in therapy or the hospital. One three hour session of pair programming had me waking up sweating for eleven years.
Agile and scrum are stupid fads, TDD is nonsense. The fast pace you speak of leads to lousy code which is why there is so much emphasis on testing. Scrum means meetings, two or three every day, meetings are interruptions and interruptions break concentration. And unbroken concentration is the foundation of good work.
I decline all recurring meetings. If they want me to attend they have to make their case. Usually they can’t.