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How to change project lead

Leah Eichler Aug 08, 2012

I am trying to change the project lead on an existing project in Jira OnDemand.

I have tried going through the documentation and through Jira options, and I cannot find screens that match those in the descriptions of how to change project lead. Any help is appreciated!

Thank you.

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Gurgen Torosjan Aug 08, 2012

Hi, one of the ways to change a project lead would be (you will need administer project priveledge to do either of the below described):

visit https://[your-account].atlassian.net/plugins/servlet/project-config/[project-key]/people

where [your-account] is your ondemand instance, and [project-key] is the 2 or 3 letter project key.

on the page that loads click little pencil icon next to project lead, and choose a new user to be the project lead.

Or:

1. Log in to your jira account.

2. In the projects drop down select the project you want to change the lead for.

3. In the upper right corner of the screen, right below issue search there is "Administer project" button.

4. You will see an administration summary page for that project. In the line that says JIRA Project:

click configure link.
5. Under people you will see the default assingee, name of the current project lead, and roles. Click more link.
6. On that page that comes up, click little pencil icon next to project lead, and choose a new user to be the project lead.

Tomasz Struczyński Jan 04, 2016

Just a note, now it's https://[your-account].atlassian.net/plugins/servlet/project-config/[project-key]/roles and "Edit defaults" link on upper right corner.

Alan Brogan Jul 23, 2018

.../roles seems to redirect to .../people (we're on JIRA cloud)

Alan Brogan Jul 23, 2018

Found it!

The Project Lead is now settable on the main project page, https://example.atlassian.net/secure/project/EditProject!default.jspa?pid=10000

 

(YMMV for the domain and Project Id in that URL)

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Scott Beeson Dec 03, 2018

@Alan Brogan That did the trick! Thanks!

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Tore Friskopp Sep 17, 2015

Yes, astonishingly difficult to just to easy stuff. I agree sad

To expand on Simon Coles answer:
Read this one: https://confluence.atlassian.com/jira/managing-project-role-membership-185729456.html

It's under "The cogwheel" (top right corner symbol) ->Projects -> The project name -> Roles (in the left menu) -> Edit defaults. 

Stupid place to put it. But at least now we all know where it is. 

 

Rob White Oct 16, 2015

Thanks! Crazy hard to find... ugh.

Spent an hour on this... :-/

somin wani Dec 05, 2017

Thanks. This saved me a lot of time

Benn Gehman Dec 07, 2017

Yep, Right on!  Works excellently.  One minor modification - the 'Roles' mentioned on my options is "Roles and Users"

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Ray Mosley Dec 22, 2015

Latest update as I couldn't find the steps listed here as of 2015.

  1. Click the cog icon top right and under JIRA Administration > Projects (Choose projects)
  2. Press the name of your project to take you to the project administration page
  3. On the left hand menu scroll down and find "Users and roles"
  4. On the page that loads on the top right of the white page you will see "Add users to a role | edit defaults" press edit defaults
  5. Type in the name of the user to change the project lead.

Took me an hour or more to find this.

 

Shawn Pyle Aug 31, 2016

In v6.4.13#64028-sha1:b7939e9 (standalone version), it is slightly different.

  1. Click the cog icon top right and under JIRA Administration > Projects (Choose projects)
  2. Press the name of your project to take you to the project administration page
  3. On the left hand menu scroll down and find "Roles"
  4. Click the pencil icon next to the "Project Lead:" field. 
  5. Type in the name of the user to change the project lead.
  6. Click "Update" button.


Frank Schophuizen Jan 05, 2017

In v7.2.0#72002-sha1:36e1562 (standalone version) it is as @Ray Mosley describes. Step 1 and 2 can be replaced by:

  1. Open the project
  2. Press the cog icon 'Project settings' on the sidebar

 

3 votes
Pieter van Kampen Aug 26, 2015

Why is this so difficult? Under Project, select the project, on the top right is says who the project lead is. It should be possible to change it there, but it is not

2 votes
Shaun Hillin Sep 17, 2015

Its astonishing at how difficult even the most simple tweaks are with this software.

1 vote
John Hinnegan Mar 24, 2014

step 5 does not apply to me

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Tharun Shan Dec 25, 2014

Oddly, I've been searching for the past 30 min and i'm unable to find the page or link? I'm currently unable to change the user role , any help or suggestions? 

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Simon Cole Sep 08, 2015

Ludicrously difficult. Aimlessly losing time trying to find how to do this most simple of tasks. 

EDIT: It's hidden behind a link called "Edit Defaults"... sigh An hour of my life I won't get back.

Volker Butterstein Oct 04, 2018

For german users: The "Edit Defaults" link is "Voreinstellungen bearbeiten". Hidden like an easteregg. Thanks to Simons answer missed only 15 minutes of my life.

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Krishna Nair Jan 22, 2013

In my case I did not find any "Administer project" option(I have JIRA stand alone).But I could find option to edit project lead as follows:

1.Log into JIRA account as an administractor

2.In the projects drop down select the project you want to change the lead for.

3.On the Summary page you will see 'People' section

4.Where project lead,default asignee and Roles have been given

5.There is a 'More' option just below them in same section,click that

6.It will Open 'People' page where on top you will see 'JIRA enables you to allocate particular people to specific roles in your project. Roles are used when defining other settings, like notifications and permissions.' Project Lead 'ID of project lead' and there is a pencil like icon there.

7.Select that pencil like option and you will see Project lead edit popup

Anushree Bhate

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Mytch Parks Aug 26, 2015

These suggestions do not help as they appear out of date. Any other suggestions on how to change a Project Lead?

 

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Simon Cole Sep 17, 2015

Thanks Tore. I was shaking with rage too much to type all the details smile 

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Tore Friskopp Sep 17, 2015

Simon, haha, I can imagine smile

Your post was the one that gave me hope to solve the question. All the other posts were old but you posted yesterday saying that you managed to solve it. Thus I knew that it was possible. Only took me 15 more minutes after that to find the solution, hehe. 

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Chris Marciante Oct 15, 2015

I have found that Atlassian products are not very intuitive at all. Doing something this simple should not take this many steps. And I have yet to even get it to work!

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Simon Cole Oct 15, 2015

Hi Chris, did you sort this? 

Tore Friskopp's Sep 18, 2015 response should be spot on. 

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Alex Suslin Oct 17, 2016

There is a bug introduced in JIRA  7.2.0 - 7.2.2 at least

https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/JRA-60081

 

Project Lead can be changed only by JIRA administrator. Odd

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Karol Szacki Mar 12, 2019

Disable any adblock You have in the browser.

It was the reason I couldn't see the project lead  editable field.

don't know why buit it just works

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

 

Karol

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