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Adam Smolinski's README


Hello - I'm Adam Smolinski, the UX Research Director at GitLab. I joined GitLab in June 2020.

About me

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My role as UX Research Director

As the UX Research Director, I hold myself accountable that the Research team is:

The UX Research Director job description calls out the specifics of my role. Some responsibilities that I'm particularly excited about include:

If you have ideas on the above, please share those; I'd love to collaborate!

My leadership style

I naturally categorize into the servant leadership style, where I put my team first. Some of the principles of that style which resonate most with me include:

What I value

There are 4 themes that contribute to what I define as a positive work environment for myself:


Myers-Briggs personality trait

I am a Defender, ISFJ-A (Introverted, Observant, Feeling, Judging, Assertive).

From the description: These people tend to be warm and unassuming in their own steady way. They’re efficient and responsible, giving careful attention to practical details in their daily lives. The Defender personality type is quite unique, as many of their qualities defy the definition of their individual traits. Though sensitive, Defenders have excellent analytical abilities; though reserved, they have well-developed people skills and robust social relationships; and though they are generally a conservative type, Defenders are often receptive to change and new ideas. As with so many things, people with the Defender personality type are more than the sum of their parts, and it is the way they use these strengths that defines who they are.

Other things worth knowing

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