GitLab POC Template

Guided Proof of Concept (POC) Guidelines

GitLab wants prospects to enjoy a successful Proof of Concept with GitLab Enterprise Edition. A POC is a collaboration between GitLab and the prospective customer for evaluating GitLab Enterprise Edition.

The target duration for a POC is 10 business days, extended to a total duration of not more than 20 business days. A GitLab Customer Success collaborative project should be utilized as the default method to manage a POC, while a document is available when using a GitLab.com project is not an option.

Key Players

Customer

GitLab Role / Responsibilities

Note: in the case of a "lite" POC, the Solutions Architect is expected to be the sole GitLab contact. "Lite" is determined case-by-case by the size of the prospect as well as their ability to engage with GitLab.

POC Meetings and Tasks

POC Kickoff Checklist

Meeting Cadence

Calls may be recorded with customer consent, and recordings may be stored in the Recorded Meetings folder in the project repository for mutual benefit.

Internal Kickoff Meeting - 1 - 1.5 hours, led by the Solutions Architect

Attendees
Agenda

External Kickoff Meeting (Remote) - 1 hour, led by the Solutions Architect

Attendees
Agenda

Week One Retrospective call, led by the Solutions Architect

Attendees
Agenda

POC Wrap Up Meeting - Led by the Strategic Account Leader

Attendees
Agenda

POC Calendar

Week one

Week two

Proof of Concept (POC) Template Document

As an alternative (or in addition) to using a collaborative GitLab project, a document is available which helps outline the details of a POC. In the document (only accessible to GitLab team members), provides the framework for a successful POC by addressing current state issues, persistent challenges, business problems, desired state and outcomes.

This document suggests and verifies specific success criteria for any POC, as well as outlining a mutual commitment between GitLab and the identified prospect parties. It also specifies the limited timeframe in which the POC will occur.

Using the Proof of Concept (POC) Template

The template provides a standardized approach to the POC process, but the document requires customization for each and every POC to be executed.

To use the template, begin by making a copy of the master document for each POC.

Edit each area highlighted in yellow within the document to include pertinent information for any particular prospect. This information includes basic data like the prospect name and GitLab team member details, as well as data to be collaboratively identified with the prospect, such as success criteria, trial location, and the client pilot team(s).

After all the highlighted sections have been completely filled in, collaboratively complete the Date and Owner column fields within the Project Plan and Roles and Responsibilities sections.

Finally, ensure both GitLab and the prospect have a copy of the document. Schedule all meetings associated to the POC via calendar invites prior to distributing the GitLab Enterprise Edition license for the POC.