The Global Search team is focused on bringing world class search functionality to GitLab.com and self-managed instances.
The team will be responsible for improving and expanding upon our current global search implementations using Elasticsearch, PostgreSQL, and Gitaly. Areas of responsibility will include global search functionality, UI, ingestion mechanisms, optimal indexing, administrative tools and installation mechanisms for self-managed installations.
The following people are permanent members of the Global Search Team:
|Changzheng Liu||Backend Engineering Manager, Global Search|
|Micaël Bergeron||Senior Backend Engineer, Global Search|
|Dylan Griffith||Staff Backend Engineer, Global Search|
|Dmitry Gruzd||Senior Backend Engineer, Global Search|
|Terri Chu||Senior Backend Engineer, Global Search|
The following members of other functional teams are our stable counterparts:
|Erick Banks||Senior Software Engineer in Test Enablement:Search|
Whenever possible, we prefer to communicate asynchronously using issues, merge requests, and Slack. However, face-to-face meetings are useful to establish personal connection and to address items that would be more efficiently discussed synchronously such as blockers.
We follow the general workflow and principles defined in Product Development Flow and Engineering Workflow. To bring an issue to our attention please create an issue in the relevant project. Add the
~"group::global search" label along with any other relevant labels. If it is an urgent issue, please reach out to the Product Manager or Engineering Manager listed in the Stable Counterparts section above.
Below are a few guidelines the team follows in the day-to-day work.
We encourage all backend engineers in our team to get a review of their changes by someone else in our team. It's great for knowledge sharing.
workflow::solutionvalidation for user research, and
workflow::designfor UI design and prototyping. For minor UX/UI changes, we contact the UX manager to request a review for fast iterations.
workflow::planning breakdownand adding the SET counterpart as assignee. Once SET reviews the issue, they acknowledge back with label
documentationand adding our counterpart in Technical Writing team as assignee. Our technical writer helps us update the corresponding document. The documentation change normally happens together with code change.
The team has been actively working on enabling Elasticsearch powered Advanced Global Search on GitLab.com. Based on our analysis, we set our first target to rolling this feature out for all the paid groups on GitLab.com. You can find more details about the timeline and progress in the links below.