GitLab has competencies as a common framework to learn things. This page is a Single Source of Truth (SSoT) resource for our competencies.
A competency is defined as a set of skills, knowledge, and behaviors that allow an individual to effectively and efficiently carry out their role. There are three key categories of competencies at GitLab:
The following initiatives should use the same competencies as their SSoT. Instead of maintaining separate materials they should link back to the most relevant place where the competency is defined. For general competencies, this is likely our values page. For role specific competencies, this is likely the job-family page. For example, we should have one SSoT for how to articulate the value of GitLab.
Some competencies are based on job-level and others are based on your role.
Values competencies are defined by job-level. For example, the definition of competency in the GitLab value of iteration and how you demonstrate that competency are different whether you are an Intermediate Product Manager or a Chief Product Officer.
In general, the scope of impact and expected behaviors expands as job level increases.
|Level||Scope of Impact||Expected Behaviors|
|Intermediate||Work within team||Grows/Acts|
|Senior||Cross functional work||Models|
|Senior Manager||Across Sub-Departments||Fosters|
|Director||Across Departments||Drives the framework, strategy and plans|
|Senior Director||Across Divisions||Develops the framework and strategy|
|VP||Across Company + External Stakeholders||Leads Changes|
|EVP/CXO||Across Company + External Stakeholders||Champions|
Remote Work Competencies are defined by role: team member or people leader. Team members should understand and apply remote work competencies to their daily work. People leaders should understand, apply, coach and develop team members on remote work competencies.
Each of the values and remote work competencies have a knowledge assessment in the relevant section of the handbook that you can take to self assess your current level of understanding.
In addition to the knowledge assessments for each value, you can take this Knowledge Assessment to become certified in the values.
Test your knowledge and self-reflect on the Remote Work Competencies by completing the knowledge assessment as a People Leader or an Individual Contributor. Earn at least an 80% to receive a certificate!
In addition to our values, remote work, and functional competencies, we have identified manager competencies that serve as the foundation to a whole person approach to management. Our leadership and management development programs incorporate the competencies as the bedrock for creating impactful training for our people.