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Fellow of initial delight


Fellow of initial delight is a role at GitLab that ensures the product creates a great first impression. This role was created by GitLab co-founder Dmitriy Zaporozhets (DZ). It is a mix of user experience, product, and engineering.

How it works

Fellow of initial delight will setup and use GitLab features on regular basis. Anything that feels broken or simply creates a bad impression should be addressed by an issue or a merge request.

Point of interest can be:

The good example of such finding is GitLab not having Container registry enabled by default.


There is a creator pairing program that allows engineers at GitLab to temporaly participate by working with DZ.