A Chapter is an organizational model for Scrum. It was especially developed by Spotify. A chapter consists of members of a tribe who have the same expertise. This could be the case, for example, people with expertise in agile project management, web development, etc. finds together.

Other organizational forms of the Spotify organizational model:

Squads are the smallest granular elements of the Spotify model.

A Tribe groups squads. It is used to map the dynamics of a startup, especially when the squads of a tribe complement each other. This would be the case, for example, if the best software developers would work together with the best system integrators.

A Guild is a group of team members with the same expertise and/or interests.

Why this is interesting for a Chief Digital Officer (CDO)?
Scrum is a form of agile business. Today, many agree that digitalization only works agilely in companies. Many New Work followers also see it this way. For this reason Scrum is important for Chief Digital Officer (CDO) to know. A wide variety of startups have also developed special adaptions (e.g. Spotify). For corporates there are also special adaptations of the Scrum Model (e.g. SAFe), so that you can work fast and structured agile. Because often there are large resistances in traditional structures. Perhaps these approaches can help to break up encrusted structures and transform the company into an agile startup. This can free up a lot of energy. However, this should go hand in hand with sensible change management. Otherwise there is a great danger that agile will become chaos.

See also (glossary Scrum):

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