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Product Leadership

This document describes important leadership concepts specific to the product management team. See also our page on general GitLab leadership guidance.

Product Organizational Structure

The GitLab Product team includes team members at various levels of Product Management job titles across our organizational levels with scope at various points in our product hierarchy. As a result there can be instances where peers across layers don't have the same title. We will always abide by GitLab's layer structure.

Level Job Families Hierarchy Scopes
IC Product Manager Group, Stage
Manager Group Manager Product, Director of Product Collection of Groups, Stage, Section
Director Director of Product Section
Senior Leader VP All Sections
Executive EVP Entire Function

Product Leaders

All Managers and above in the Product function (as well as the VP of Product Strategy) are considered product leaders. They can be referenced using the @gl-product-leadership handle.

Product Leadership Team

Product team members who:

Are considered part of the Product Leadership Team. This group can be referenced in issues using the @gl-product-plt handle.

Product Manager/Leader Collaboration

As a product team leader, it's important to set the tone for the organization. We put our PMs individually in the forefront as Directly Responsible Individuals (DRI), with the trust and power that they can make the right decisions with our support as product leaders. This section is intended to outline some best practices for working between PMs and their leaders. It contains guidance on responsibilities and expectations the leader should have in working with PMs, but is not intended to be hard and fast rules that take the place of having a strong working relationship and prioritizing things effectively together.

Note - This is intended as a supplement to the product director or group manager of product job descriptions with specific focus on the interaction between PMs and their managers. General job responsibilities can be found at that link.

An effective product leader should:

How to be a Section, Collection of Groups or Stage Leader

This section describe important activities performed by Product Leaders where their scope spans multiple groups.

Product Walk Throughs

GitLab has many product teams working on specific categories. One way to ensure this growth in teams does not result in a disjointed experience for our users is to consistently perform Product Walk throughs that span categories and stages. Product leaders schedule, at a minimum monthly, Product Walk throughs. To do so please create and follow the Product Walk through issue template.