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How to change project lead in a Next-Gen Project

I've looked for help online but most point me to Project Details > People, which doesn't seem to allow me to make changes to project leads, only to change their Roles (administrator/member/viewer). I've looked through the documentation on Next Gen projects but I can't find anything regarding project leads.

Thank you

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Next-gen projects do not (yet) support project leads.

Oh, nice. Thank you!

Like Nic Brough _Adaptavist_ likes this

When new projects are created there is a project lead in the view and it is currently being defaulted to the creator of the project.   I created all of the projects for our Jira transition and now it shows me as the project lead for all of them.    This is misleading for the teams and I'd like to update so that it shows the true project leads.

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I agree with @Lenny Fayard. Having the Lead prominently displayed on the projects summary view, but not having a way to change it is a problem. It should either be suppressed entirely, or be able to be made correct.

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The other issue with not being able to change the project lead - if you set up a next-gen project on behalf of someone else, next thing you're also getting an email notification of every change that happens and no clear way to turn this off.

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Indeed. I assisted in our move to Jira, so now I am the project lead of more than half of all of our company's projects. Hoping they fix this soon.

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I also really need this feature. It is not feasible to delete my VP but I should be the visible project lead of my projects... he does not need the emails and interruptions that this is causing!

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Definitely an upvote here for fixing this issue. 

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upvote for fixing this.

Like Mike Barta likes this

upvote for fixing this.

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Yep, please fix this asap. I created 5 next gen projects for people yesterday and now i'm slammed with messages on a regular basis. Begone!

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Please Fix this (make it simple, the work around is a bit of a PITA). You have underestimated

a.) The amount of work that gets delegated.

b.) The amount of politics in the average office and how many hurt feelings and eye rolling this causes. 

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Upvote for fixing this.

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Is this seriously still not fixed? It's been nearly a year. This is pretty basic UI stuff, guys.

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Maybe it'll get fixed in 2020

upvote for fixing this.

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upvote, please fix this very soon!

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Upvote, fix ASAP please!

Like Rodney Marable likes this
Like Rodney Marable likes this

ugh next gen :( :( :(

There is an open feature request to fix this:

As a project administrator, I want to be able to define and change a Project Lead in a next-gen project type

Search query:

Comment and vote over there instead of here.

This worked for me; I hope they have an easier solution soon:

This is the default assignee, not the project lead (correct me if I am wrong). 

Like Andy - PTC Redundant likes this

Yup! This is 100% about assignee and workflow and not about lead 😢

For Cloud I've been through all the tips & tricks, including using PID and specific link to hit settings, and there is no work around.

To avoid having to check a chain of websites/questions:

It doesn't work

Like Ugnius_Malukas likes this
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Hello everyone, 


I had this problem too. I think it's obvious that we should be able to set project lead in JIRA itself but no way to do it since Next-gen. 


I went with REST API to do it. First you have to create an API token in -> Security -> API Token

Then if you have Windows I sugest you to use WSL command line. (install kali linux in Windows Store for ex) because I went into some troubles with basic CMD.


Copy this line 

To get id's, go to and Users.

Select export users. This will give you a CSV file that you can import in Excel or sheets. 


curl --request PUT --url '' --user '<yourAccountEmailIdentifiedForAPIToken>:<your API Token' --header 'Accept: application/json' --header 'Content-Type: application/json' --data '{

"leadAccountId":"<id of lead account>"


Press enter and see the results in JIRA.

We currently face this issue, do we have an estimate on when it would be included in the product (Cloud)?

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