What role and permission is required to change the project lead from one resource to another?

Andrew Coppock
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March 9, 2023

The current Project Lead is no longer with us. We need to assign this role to another resource. Project Lead does not appear in the list of options to assign when modifying the project under "users and roles".

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Somnath Patil
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March 9, 2023

Hi Andrew,

 

You should be a Project Admin OR JIRA Admin to change the Project lead.

To change the Project Lead go to project details and there you can see the Project Lead option and you can select the user from the dropdown whom you want make Project Lead.

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Hitesh March 9, 2023

Hello Andrew,

 

You could go to project details to change the project lead.Screenshot 2023-03-09 073113.png

Let me know if this helps.

Hitesh.

Andrew Coppock
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My Details view does not look as yours. I do not see the fields.2023-03-09 11_41_41-Window.png

Hitesh March 9, 2023

In Jira Cloud:

  1. Go to Project Settings > Details
  2. Next to the "Project Lead" field, change to the new user
  3. Ensure the Default Assignee is Project Lead
  4. Press Save

In Jira Server:

  1. Go to Project Settings > Users and Roles
  2. Select the hyperlink "Edit Defaults" in the top-right corner
  3. Change the Project Lead and ensure the Default Assignee is Project Lead
  4. Press Update

^ If you make these edits and it's not working as expected, ensure there are no Component Leads based on the old user. To check this in both host types:

  1. Go to Project Settings > Components
  2. View in this list if there is a Component Lead - and if the default assignee for any component is "Component Lead"
  3. To change this, press the 3-dots icon in a component's row and press Edit, allowing you to the edit the lead or the default assignee
Justin Provo May 15, 2024

Hi @Hitesh

These instructions are helpful. I'm running into a similar issue where I can access the UI to change the project lead, but there are no options to change it from me (Jira Admin) to the actual Project Leader (Project Admin). 

jira project lead no options.png

I don't see a difference in the roles or permissions for this project that the desired user for Project Leader has in the other projects in which they are the project leader. In fact, when creating this project, I cloned of one their existing project's configurations. 

It's possible that I may have skipped assigning the Project Leader during project creation, but I am still new to Jira. 

How do I get the desired user to show up as an option for the Project Lead?

Am I missing some kind of admin permissions?

FYI - We are migrating from Jira Server to Jira Data Center.

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