Require merge request approval by code owners
Problem to solve
Large organizations with many projects and large projects need to enforce review policies so that they can ensure the correct teams and individuals review changes that impact them. GitLab should allow approvals from Code Owners to be required before a merge request can be merged.
Building on the integration of Code Owners into the merge request approval process, we should make it possible to require Code Owner approval through the merge request workflow. To fully enforce code owners on a specific branch the Protected Branch rule to prohibit anyone from pushing directly to the branch to avoid a manual merge bypassing approval requirements.
Add a merge request option to project settings to require approval by code owners in merge requests:
Require approval by code owners Only allow code owners to change files that match CODEOWNER rules. Commits that change files owned by other users or groups will require approval before the merge request may be merged. Owners may change any file.
Until all matching code owners rules are satisfied by one approval (or more), the merge request cannot be merged.
Add a new usage ping field for the count of projects where code owner approval is required.
What does success look like, and how can we measure that?
We will monitor adoption of required code owner approvals with a new usage ping field