Group DevOps Adoption

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To access Group DevOps Adoption, go to your group and select Analytics > DevOps Adoption.

Group DevOps Adoption shows you how individual groups and subgroups within your organization use the following features:

  • Dev
    • Approvals
    • Code owners
    • Issues
    • Merge requests
  • Sec
    • DAST
    • Dependency Scanning
    • Fuzz Testing
    • SAST
  • Ops
    • Deployments
    • Pipelines
    • Runners

When managing groups in the UI, you can add or remove your subgroups with the Add or remove subgroups button, in the top right hand section of your Groups pages.

With DevOps Adoption you can:

  • Verify whether you are getting the return on investment that you expected from GitLab.
  • Identify specific subgroups that are lagging in their adoption of GitLab, so you can help them along in their DevOps journey.
  • Find the subgroups that have adopted certain features, and can provide guidance to other subgroups on how to use those features.

DevOps Adoption

Feature adoption is based on usage in the previous calendar month. Data is updated on the first day of each month. If the monthly update fails, it tries again daily until successful.

Enable data processing

Group DevOps Adoption relies on data that has been gathered by a weekly data processing task. This task is disabled by default.

To begin using Group DevOps Adoption, access the feature for the first time. GitLab automatically enables the data processing for that group. The group data doesn’t appear immediately, because GitLab requires around a minute to process it.

What is displayed

DevOps Adoption displays feature adoption data for the given group and any added subgroups for the current calendar month. Each group appears as a separate row in the table. For each row, a feature is considered “adopted” if it has been used in a project in the given group during the time period (including projects in any subgroups of the given group).

Adoption over time

The Adoption over time chart in the Overview tab displays DevOps Adoption over time. The chart displays the total number of adopted features from the previous twelve months, from when you enabled DevOps Adoption for the group.

The tooltip displays information about the features tracked for individual months.

When is a feature considered adopted

A feature is considered “adopted” if it has been used anywhere in the group in the specified time. For example, if an issue was created in one project in a group, the group is considered to have “adopted” issues in that time.

No penalties for common adoption patterns

DevOps Adoption is designed not to penalize for any circumstances or practices that are common in DevOps. Following this guideline, GitLab doesn’t penalize for:

  1. Having dormant projects. It’s common for groups to have a mix of active and dormant projects, so we should not consider adoption to be low if there are relatively many dormant projects. This means we should not measure adoption by how many projects in the group have used a feature, only by whether a feature was used anywhere in the group.
  2. GitLab adding new features over time. It’s common for group feature usage to be consistent over time, so we should not consider adoption to have decreased if GitLab adds features. This means we should not measure adoption by percentages, only total counts.

Add a subgroup

DevOps Adoption can also display data for subgroups within the given group, to show you differences in adoption across the group. To add subgroups to your Group DevOps Adoption report:

  1. Select Add or remove subgroups.
  2. Select the subgroups you want to add and select Save changes.

The subgroup data might not appear immediately, because GitLab requires around a minute to collect the data.