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Maturity

GitLab has a broad scope and vision, and we are constantly iterating on existing and new features. Some stages and features are more mature than others. To convey the state of our feature set and be transparent, we have developed a maturity framework for categories, application types, and stages.

Category and Application Type maturity:
  • Planned Planned Maturity   Planned: Not yet implemented in GitLab, but on our roadmap.
  • Minimal Minimal Maturity   Minimal: A minimal foundation so people can see where we're going and to validate customer need.
  • Viable Viable Maturity   Viable: Used by users/customers to solve real problems.
  • Complete Complete Maturity   Complete: Contains a competitive feature set sufficient to displace other single-purpose DevOps tools.
  • Lovable Lovable Maturity   Lovable: Provides an elevated user experience that customers love as measured by PNPS.

Stage lifecycle:

  • Not yet available (typically year 0)
  • Not used at GitLab Inc. (typically year 1)
  • Majority of users work at GitLab Inc. (typically year 2)
  • Majority of users don’t work at GitLab Inc. (typically year 3)
  • Usable for most GitLab users (typically year 4)
  • Users of other tools start to switch (typically year 5)
  • Entry point for new customers (typically year 6)
  • Best product in the market (typically year 7)

Category maturity

GitLab features are grouped into a hierarchy, representing increasingly higher level capabilities. Features make up a broader Category, which then belong to a DevOps Stage. Stages are assigned a yearly lifecycle, and categories a maturity.

Planned category maturity

The maturity framework makes it easy to visualize where GitLab is making investments, and resulting category maturity improvements. As part of the planning process for each category, the set of features required and expected date to reach the next maturity is maintained. It can also be used to compare historical to planned velocity. A reduction in velocity is one of our biggest risks.

Below is a chart which illustrates the aggregate current and future progression of all categories.

DevOps stage maturity

Manage

Stage Lifecycle: Usable for most GitLab users (typically year 4)

Analyst Reports:

Velocity over last 3 months:

314 changes merged

35 community contributions

Category Today Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2
Date 2019-10-22 2020-01-22 2020-04-22 2020-07-22
Audit Management Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Complete Complete Maturity Complete Complete Maturity Complete Complete Maturity
Authentication and Authorization Complete Complete Maturity Complete Complete Maturity Complete Complete Maturity Complete Complete Maturity Complete Complete Maturity
Code Analytics Planned Planned Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity
DevOps Score Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity
Value Stream Management Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity
Workflow Policies Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity

Plan

Stage Lifecycle: Users of other tools start to switch (typically year 5)

Analyst Reports:

Velocity over last 3 months:

491 changes merged

61 community contributions

Category Today Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2
Date 2019-10-22 2020-01-22 2020-04-22 2020-07-22
Issue Tracking Complete Complete Maturity Complete Complete Maturity Complete Complete Maturity Complete Complete Maturity Complete Complete Maturity
Kanban Boards Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Complete Complete Maturity
Time Tracking Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Complete Complete Maturity
Agile Portfolio Management Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Complete Complete Maturity
Requirements Management Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity
Quality Management Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity
Service Desk Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Complete Complete Maturity

Create

Stage Lifecycle: Best product in the market (typically year 7)

Analyst Reports:

Velocity over last 3 months:

601 changes merged

51 community contributions

Category Today Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2
Date 2019-10-22 2020-01-22 2020-04-22 2020-07-22
Source Code Management Lovable Lovable Maturity Lovable Lovable Maturity Lovable Lovable Maturity Lovable Lovable Maturity Lovable Lovable Maturity
Code Review Lovable Lovable Maturity Lovable Lovable Maturity Lovable Lovable Maturity Lovable Lovable Maturity Lovable Lovable Maturity
Design Management Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity
Wiki Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity
Web IDE Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Complete Complete Maturity Complete Complete Maturity
Snippets Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Viable Viable Maturity
Live Coding Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity

Verify

Stage Lifecycle: Best product in the market (typically year 7)

Analyst Reports:

Velocity over last 3 months:

365 changes merged

61 community contributions

Category Today Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2
Date 2019-10-22 2020-01-22 2020-04-22 2020-07-22
Continuous Integration (CI) Lovable Lovable Maturity Lovable Lovable Maturity Lovable Lovable Maturity Lovable Lovable Maturity Lovable Lovable Maturity
Code Quality Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity
Unit Testing Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Viable Viable Maturity
Integration Testing Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity
Load Testing Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity
Web Performance Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity
System Testing Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity
Usability Testing Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity
Accessibility Testing Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity

Package

Stage Lifecycle: Majority of users don’t work at GitLab Inc. (typically year 3)

Analyst Reports:

Velocity over last 3 months:

39 changes merged

0 community contributions

Category Today Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2
Date 2019-10-22 2020-01-22 2020-04-22 2020-07-22
Package Registry Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity
Container Registry Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Complete Complete Maturity Complete Complete Maturity Complete Complete Maturity
Helm Chart Registry Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity
Dependency Proxy Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity
Dependency Firewall Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity

Secure

Stage Lifecycle: Majority of users don’t work at GitLab Inc. (typically year 3)

Analyst Reports:

Velocity over last 3 months:

378 changes merged

6 community contributions

Category Today Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2
Date 2019-10-22 2020-01-22 2020-04-22 2020-07-22
SAST Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Complete Complete Maturity Complete Complete Maturity Complete Complete Maturity
DAST Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Complete Complete Maturity Complete Complete Maturity Complete Complete Maturity
Secret Detection Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity
IAST Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity
Fuzzing Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity
Dependency Scanning Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Complete Complete Maturity
Container Scanning Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Complete Complete Maturity
License Compliance Minimal Minimal Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Complete Complete Maturity Complete Complete Maturity Complete Complete Maturity

Release

Velocity over last 3 months:

146 changes merged

6 community contributions

Category Today Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2
Date 2019-10-22 2020-01-22 2020-04-22 2020-07-22
Continuous Delivery Complete Complete Maturity Complete Complete Maturity Complete Complete Maturity Lovable Lovable Maturity Lovable Lovable Maturity
Release Orchestration Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Complete Complete Maturity
Pages Complete Complete Maturity Complete Complete Maturity Complete Complete Maturity Complete Complete Maturity Complete Complete Maturity
Review Apps Complete Complete Maturity Complete Complete Maturity Complete Complete Maturity Complete Complete Maturity Complete Complete Maturity
Incremental Rollout Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity
Feature Flags Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity
Release Governance Planned Planned Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity
Secrets Management Planned Planned Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Complete Complete Maturity

Configure

Stage Lifecycle: Majority of users don’t work at GitLab Inc. (typically year 3)

Analyst Reports:

Velocity over last 3 months:

248 changes merged

8 community contributions

Category Today Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2
Date 2019-10-22 2020-01-22 2020-04-22 2020-07-22
Auto DevOps Minimal Minimal Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity
Kubernetes Configuration Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity
ChatOps Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity
Runbooks Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity
Serverless Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity
Infrastructure as Code Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity
Chaos Engineering Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity
Cluster Cost Optimization Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity

Monitor

Stage Lifecycle: Not used at GitLab Inc. (typically year 1)

Analyst Reports:

Velocity over last 3 months:

247 changes merged

14 community contributions

Category Today Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2
Date 2019-10-22 2020-01-22 2020-04-22 2020-07-22
Metrics Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity
Logging Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity
Tracing Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity
Cluster Monitoring Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity
Error Tracking Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity
Synthetic Monitoring Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity
Incident Management Minimal Minimal Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity
Status Page Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity

Defend

Stage Lifecycle: Not yet available (typically year 0)

Analyst Reports:

Velocity over last 3 months:

1 changes merged

0 community contributions

Category Today Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2
Date 2019-10-22 2020-01-22 2020-04-22 2020-07-22
RASP Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity
WAF Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity
Threat Detection Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity
UEBA Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity
Vulnerability Management Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity
DLP Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity
Storage Security Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity
Container Network Security Planned Planned Maturity Planned Planned Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity

Non-DevOps stage maturity

Enablement

Stage Lifecycle: Usable for most GitLab users (typically year 4)

Analyst Reports:

Velocity over last 3 months:

280 changes merged

28 community contributions

Category Today Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2
Date 2019-10-22 2020-01-22 2020-04-22 2020-07-22
Search Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity
Omnibus Package Lovable Lovable Maturity Lovable Lovable Maturity Lovable Lovable Maturity Lovable Lovable Maturity Lovable Lovable Maturity
Cloud Native Installation Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity
Geo-replication Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Complete Complete Maturity
Disaster Recovery Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity
SDKs & Integration APIs Viable Viable Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity

Application Type Maturity

Application types represent different types of projects that people create and manage on GitLab. Much like our product categories, not all application types are at the same level of maturity. See below for where each application type currently stands and when they will reach higher maturity levels.

Application Type Today Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2
Date 2019-10-22 2020-01-22 2020-04-22 2020-07-22
Static Content Complete Complete Maturity Complete Complete Maturity Lovable Lovable Maturity Lovable Lovable Maturity Lovable Lovable Maturity
Traditional Web Applications Lovable Lovable Maturity Lovable Lovable Maturity Lovable Lovable Maturity Lovable Lovable Maturity Lovable Lovable Maturity
Cloud Native Web Applications Complete Complete Maturity Complete Complete Maturity Lovable Lovable Maturity Lovable Lovable Maturity Lovable Lovable Maturity
Mobile Apps Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity
Versioned Dependencies Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity
Serverless functions Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity
Microservices Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity
Monorepos Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity
.NET Applications Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity
Java Applications Minimal Minimal Maturity Minimal Minimal Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity Viable Viable Maturity

Changes

Learn how to make changes to categories and their maturity on our website handbook page.