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GitHub Projects – February 9th update

Today’s changelog brings you the addition of colors and descriptions for single-select fields, as well as improvements to both roadmaps and tasklists!

🎨 Single-select field colors and descriptions

Make it easier for your team to scan projects and take action by adding color and descriptions to single select fields. To update a field, go to settings and select the pencil icon next to the custom single-select field you want to update.

🗺 Roadmaps improvements

If plans change and you need to make adjustments to your roadmap, you can now resize and move items between iterations. Drag and drop your items to quickly make your changes when using an iteration as a Date field on your roadmap.

You are also now able to resize the table in a roadmap view to create the space you need, similar to resizing a column in a table view.

Tasklists improvements

Tasklists are currently in private beta but we’re letting folks in as fast as we can. If you haven’t already, be sure to join the waitlist!

We’ve recently shipped the below improvements, so let us know what you think.
– Navigate via the side-panel when grouped by Tracked by
– Open and navigate in the side-panel by clicking the Tracks completion pill
– Automatically update your filter by clicking on the “Tracked by” text in the Tracked by field in board layout

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Leverage copyProjectV2 in the GraphQL API to copy a project
  • Manually reorder items on a sorted table view
  • Edit single-select fields directly from a board column with the new Edit details menu option
  • Auto-save single-select field changes in project settings

See how to use GitHub for project planning with GitHub Issues, check out what’s on the roadmap, and learn more in the docs.

Dependency graph automatically supports many ecosystems, but some additional ecosystems require configuration to submit dependencies with the dependency submission API. The community maintains several GitHub Actions that make this easier.

Users with write access to Gradle, Maven, Scala, and Mill repositories now see messaging on their dependency graph that directs them to an action that will scan and submit dependencies for their ecosystem. Users with access to Dependabot alerts will also see messaging on their repository's Dependabot alerts tab.


Prompts will display if a repository includes any of the following files: pom.xml, build.gradle, build.gradle.kts, build.sbt, or

The dependency graph team is working to have native support for these types of ecosystems with more news to come later this year.

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You can now create a custom role to manage branch protections without having to grant the Admin role. Previously, to manage branch protections you had to be an Admin which provides additional permissions that may not be needed. For tighter control of Admin permissions, you can now craft a custom role that has the Edit repository rules permission, allowing just the right amount of access.

Image of Custom roles that shows the new Edit Repository Rules permission

This permission grants the ability to create, edit, and delete both branch protection rules and protected tags.

For more information, visit Managing custom repository roles for an organization in the GitHub documentation.

We appreciate feedback on this in GitHub's public feedback discussions.

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