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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.

GitLab Product Leadership Team

The team members who report directly to the VP of Product are considered the Product Leadership Team. This group can be referenced in issues using the @gl-product-leadership handle.

Product Manager/Director 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 directors. It contains guidance on responsibilities and expectations the director 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 that this is intended as a supplement to the product director job description, with specific focus on the interaction between PMs and their directors. General director responsibilities can be found at that link.

An effective product director should:

How to be a Director of Product Management

This section describe important activities performed by Directors of Product Management.

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. Directors of Product schedule, at a minimum monthly, Product Walk throughs. To do so please create and follow the Product Walk through issue template.