Mentor relationships are an opportunity for individuals to learn from someone's personal experience, background, and perspective. These relationships build trust on a team, provide safe space to make mistakes, and encourage both personal and professional development.
The following team members are available as mentors. Schedule a coffee chat to get the conversation started!
|Aakriti Gupta||Senior Backend Engineer, Geo|
|Adam Hegyi||Senior Backend Engineer, Manage:Optimize|
|Alexander Turinske||Senior Frontend Engineer, Protect:Container Security|
|Cynthia 'Arty' Ng||Senior Support Engineer (Americas West)|
|Francis Potter||Senior Solutions Architect|
|Jackie Gragnola||Manager, Marketing Programs|
|Kris Reynolds||Manager, Field Enablement Programs|
|Lyle Kozloff||Senior Support Engineering Manager|
|Mark Lapierre||Senior Software Engineer in Test, Create:Source Code|
|Michael Karampalas||Principal Product Manager, Growth:Adoption|
|Michael Lunøe||Senior Frontend Engineer, Fulfillment:Purchase|
|Nick Thomas||Staff Backend Engineer, Create:Source Code|
|Nicolò Maria Mezzopera||Senior Frontend Engineer, Package, Product Designer (acting), Package|
|Osnat Vider||Technical Account Manager, EMEA|
|Rémy Coutable||Staff Backend Engineer, Engineering Productivity|
|Samuel White||Senior Product Manager, Protect|
|Simon Uhegbu||Senior Technical Account Manager (EMEA)|
|Suri Patel||Senior Content Marketing Manager, Dev|
|Terri Chu||Senior Backend Engineer, Global Search|
|Timm Ideker||Regional Sales Director (Mid-Market), Global|
|Viktor Nagy||Senior Product Manager, Configure|
|Vitaly Slobodin||Staff Frontend Engineer, Fulfillment:Purchase|
|Wayne Haber||Director of Engineering, Growth, Fulfillment, and Applied ML|
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Adapted from the NCWIT Mentoring-in-a-Box Mentoring Basics - A Mentor's Guide to Success, section What Are the "Dos" of Mentoring:
Mentoring is being discussed in the
#mentoring slack channel. If you become a mentor or mentee it is recommended that you also join this channel.
Many departments in the GitLab organization organize mentor programs. Check out the current and past programs on the following pages:
Whether you're participating in an organized mentor program at GitLab, or you're working to build your own mentor/mentee relationship, these resources are here to guide and support you. Adpot what fits and leave what doesn't resonate with you. You'll find discussion questions to prompt conversation with your mentor/mentee, mock meeting agendas, and external training resources to enable you to make the most of your mentor/mentee relationship.
LinkedIn Learning offers training called How to be a Good Mentor and Mentee. This training covers strategies for finding a mentor, setting clear expectations, and achieving goals through mentorship.
Content from this training has been adapted in the following Google Slides presentation for learners who prefer to read the material at their own pace.
People Grove identifies the following as best practices to ensure success in a mentor/mentee relationship. Related GitLab values are linked within each relationship practice:
Other best practices for mentorship at GitLab include:
It's important to set clear expecations with your mentor/mentee about when, how often, and for how long you will formally meet. Below is a suggested format for this meeting cadence:
Setting an agenda for your mentorship sessions is important for resource documenation and futre planning. The mentee should be the DRI for each session and use the agenda to set meeting goals and ask questions. Open a new word document and share the document with both the mentor/mentee. Use the following meeting agenda templates as a baseline for each session. The template can be customized to meet the needs of the relationship, and might adapt overtime.
Initial Meeting Agenda
Date: XXXX-XX-XX Agenda: - Discuss and share current workplace challenges the mentee is facing. Potential discussion questions (for the mentee to answer) to guide this conversation include: - What part of your role makes you feel the most accomplished/present in your work? - What are your biggest strengths? What skills and talents do you bring to your team? - What is a challenge you're currently facing? - What part of your role makes you feel disconnected? - How much of your time each week is spent in this disconnected work? - How does your current role fit into your professional development goals? - What is the mentee trying to achieve? What is the desired outcome? - What is one piece of this challenge that you believe we can tackle in 3 months? - Set a first-draft goal or intention for the mentorship relationship using the SMART goal formula. Refer to [page 11 in this resources from the University of California](https://www.linkedin.com/learning/setting-team-and-employee-goals-using-smart-methodology/how-to-use-smart-goals-2?u=2255073) for questions you can ask to build your SMART goal Action Items: - Mentee will iterate on their SMART goal and communicate the final version to their mentor asynchronously before their next meeting
Regular Meeting Agenda
Date: XXXX-XX-XX Agenda: - Review and assess SMART goal - Potential discussion questions - How are you feeling this week/month/quarter? - Share successes/actions taken towards reaching SMART goal - Discuss current blockers, challenges, questions, or frustrations faced by the mentee - Share and brainstorm actions/strategies to address SMART goal - Set action items for the mentor and mentee for the next session - Reserve space during the session to share and/or ask for feedback for both the mentor and mentee Action Items: - Action item 1 - Action item 2
Final Session Meeting Agenda
Date: XXXX-XX-XX Agenda: - Take time to reflect on 3 month mentorship relationship - What worked? What was challenging? - Provide feedback 1:1 from both the mentor/mentee - Create an action plan moving forward - Discuss how the mentee will continute to work to/refine SMART goal - Determine cadance and strucure in which the mentor/mentee will continute to collaborate. Action Items: - Mentee will reach out to schedule a meeting based on the expecations set
These resources are meant to provide both mentors and mentees with additional personal and professional development. Consider reviewing these resources asynchronously and discuss/debrief them during a session with your mentor/mentee.
Why the Power of Mentoring can Change the World
The Power of Mentoring
*Creating a Career Development Epic
Explore the use of a GitLab epic to track and outline career development goals. Use the epic to discuss how current mentee projects feed into career development goals and what actions can be taken to push these goals forward.