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GitLab for project managers

GitLab provides an integrated project management environment for agile development. If you are new to to agile approach you can see how it is used here. Project managers may already be familiar with many of the underlying concepts for which GitLab has its own terminology. Key concepts include:

  • Epics: Use these to manage your different projects in one place. With these you can view issues with a common theme across projects. Find out more about Epics.
  • Projects: Containers for hosting and collaborating on code development. They include integrated issue tracking combined with build, test and deployment functionality.
  • Sprints: Use sprints as a way of scheduling work on different issues together. A sprint usually lasts for a few weeks, and multiple sprints are combined to reach project milestones.
  • Milestones: Use milestones to track all issues and merges within a sprint or as a way of determining when you can release a version of software. Milestones can apply to one or more projects. Find out more about milestones.
  • Burndown Charts: Use these to track and analyse progress towards a milestone. These automatically provide a visual representation of progress. Find out more about Burndown Charts.

 

 

Planning and tracking tools

Gitlab automatically creates visualisations of timelines (essentially Gantt charts) based on the start and end dates that are set for Epics and Milestones within your groups and projects. These will show you how work is progressed, and automatically update as you move issues between sprints and milestones. 

Design management

GitLab provides a design management page within each issue. Here you can store design assets such as wireframes and mockups in a single place for easy reference and sharing with everyone involved in a project. Find out more about Design Management.

Wikis

Wikis are a powerful way of creating and maintaining documentation. Usually you create, draft and update pages within your web browser, but this can also be done using Git for the more technically inclined. A Wiki is automatically created at the same time as a new project. When you visit a new Wiki for the first time you will be prompted to create its 'Home Page.'

Wikis can be updated by any member of a project and provide version control separate from a code repository and are created by default for every GitLab project.

GitLab provides comprehensive information about Wiki functionality it its documentation.

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