Onboarding for Field Team Members at GitLab is a blended learning experience (virtual, self-paced learning path paired with an immersive, hands-on in-person workshop called Sales Quick Start) focused on what new field team members need to KNOW, DO, and BE ABLE TO ARTICULATE within their first 30 days or so on the job so they are "customer conversation ready" and they are comfortable, competent, and confident leading customer engagements before the end of their first several weeks on the job. There are some formal learning components with a heavy emphasis on social learning (learning from others) and learning by doing to help bridge the knowing-going gap.
For a detailed list of SQS Learning Objectives, please visit this page.
|May 15th - 30th, 2023||AMER / EMEA||Virtual||SQS 33 issue|
|July, 2023||AMER / EMEA||Virtual||SQS 34 issue|
|March 13th - 27th, 2023||AMER / EMEA||Virtual||SQS 32 issue|
|January 17th - 27th, 2023||AMER / EMEA||Virtual||SQS 31 issue|
|Nov 29th - Dec 8th, 2022||AMER / EMEA||Virtual||SQS 30 issue|
|October 11 - 20, 2022||AMER / EMEA||Virtual||SQS 29 issue|
|September 12 - 23, 2022||AMER / EMEA||Virtual||SQS 28 issue|
|August 10 - 19, 2022||AMER / EMEA||Virtual||SQS 27 issue|
|July 13 - 22, 2022||AMER / EMEA||Virtual||SQS 26 issue|
|June 15 - 23, 2022||AMER / EMEA||Virtual||SQS 25 issue|
|May 11 - May 19, 2022||AMER / EMEA||Virtual||SQS 24 issue|
|Apr 13 - Apr 21, 2022||AMER / EMEA||Virtual||SQS 23 issue|
|Mar 9 - Mar 18, 2022||AMER / EMEA||Virtual||SQS 22 issue|
|Feb 16 - Feb 25, 2022||AMER / EMEA||Virtual||SQS 21 issue|
|Jan 12 - Jan 21 2022||AMER / EMEA||Virtual||SQS 20 issue|
|Dec 1 - Dec 10, 2021||AMER / EMEA||Virtual||SQS 19 issue|
|Oct 4 - Oct 14, 2021||AMER / EMEA||Virtual||SQS 18 issue|
|Aug 30 - Sep 9, 2021||AMER / EMEA||Virtual||SQS 17 issue|
|Jul 6 - Jul 16, 2021||AMER / EMEA||Virtual||SQS 16 issue|
To accelerate ramp time and to support the GitLab values of results, iteration and efficiency, we have optimized the field onboarding program to provide new team members with the core information and essential competencies paired with the day-to-day skills that they need to be successful in their individual role. Learning is combined with specialized on the job training and a more robust shadowing program to ensure that new team members can contextualize and apply what they are learning throughout the entire onboarding journey.
The onboarding program includes individual role-based learning journeys for AEs, SAEs, SAs, CSMs, CAMs, ABDMs and ISRs. Each role-based learning journey is designed based on the unique needs of each segment and includes the following milestones:
GitLab's role-based learning journeys are based on milestones and enable us to deliver relevant information and training over the first several months at GitLab.
Click on a link below to begin your role based journey.
The Kirkpatrick model is a popular framework used to evaluate the effectiveness of training programs. Below is a summary of the four levels of evaluation used to measure the success of the sales onboarding program at GitLab using the Kirkpatrick model.
Level 1: Reaction - At this level, we gather feedback from new team members on their reactions to the sales onboarding program.
For the level 1 reaction, we measure the quality of the program by asking learners for feedback on various aspects of the training. The feedback is collected via a post-workshop survey, which includes the following questions:
The survey respondents are asked to rate each of these metrics on a scale of 1 to 5, with the following options:
New team members are also asked to give qualitative written feedback about their onboarding experience via the following questions:
By collecting feedback on these metrics, we can assess how well the training program met the learners' expectations and identify areas for improvement. The results of the level 1 reaction evaluation can be used to improve the overall quality of the training program and ensure that learners have a positive experience.
Level 2: Learning - This level evaluates how much new team members learned during the sales onboarding program. This is measured via the successful completion of Sales Quick Start e-learning courses which include: 9 e-learning courses with 7 quizzes (Total of 60 multiple choice questions), 4 free response questions, 3 coffee chats with peers, and 2 surveys (pre & post workshop).
For level 2 of the Kirkpatrick Evaluation Model, we also measure the effectiveness of the onboarding program by assessing the learners' knowledge and skills before and after the training. This is done via the post-workshop survey which includes the following questions:
New team members are asked to answer each question on a scale of 1 to 5, with the following choices:
By collecting feedback on these questions, we can assess how much the learners' knowledge and skills have improved as a result of the training program.
Level 3: Behavior - At this level, we assess how the new team members are applying the knowledge and skills they learned during onboarding. During Sales Quick Start, this is done via completion of a mock call for customer facing team members using the Command of the Message value selling methodology taught during sales onboarding.
For level 3 of the Kirkpatrick Evaluation Model, we also measure the improvement in learners' confidence levels before and after the training program. To do this, we administer a pre-workshop and post-workshop survey that both include the following questions:
Learners are asked to rate their confidence level for each question on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the lowest level of confidence and 5 being the highest level of confidence.
By comparing the learners' pre-training and post-training confidence levels, we can measure the impact of the training program on their confidence levels. This information is used to determine the effectiveness of the training program and identify areas for improvement.
Level 4: Results - Finally, we evaluate the overall long term business impact of the sales onboarding program on the company's sales performance. This includes tracking key performance indicators such as time to ramp and sales cycle length for each market segment.
By using the Kirkpatrick model to evaluate the sales onboarding program at each of these four levels, we gain a holistic view of the program's effectiveness and make data-driven decisions to improve it.