Streamline your daily workflow, while getting your job done more quickly and effectively.
Similar to Trello, Planner enables your company’s teams or groups to create multiple task lists associated with different projects or daily to-do checklists. Microsoft Planner helps remove chaos from the team collaboration environment.
Review of Microsoft Planner for Project Management
Users can assign tasks, share files, and collaborate through chat to execute a project or plan.
Each plan has its own “board” (similar to Trello) where the user can organize tasks into different buckets, enabling the user to filter by Due Date, Categories, or by Assigned User. The HingePoint Team recreated our daily task lists using this tool and it works like a charm!
Microsoft Planner has many of the same filtering capabilities as SharePoint lists
So it is a niche replacement for tools that previously had to be built from scratch or customized from other list templates. The best part about Microsoft Planner is that it syncs directly with the associated Office 365 group. This allows you to embed your team’s plans into your SharePoint Team Site and add value and understanding to what your specified team is working on.
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Microsoft Planner provides an out-of-the-box functionality for creating charts for your team’s various assigned tasks.
It keeps everyone informed about which tasks are in progress, not started, late, or complete. Because we customize Microsoft Office 365 for businesses, we’ve even recreated a Microsoft Project plan in Planner to potentially use it as a way to communicate project plans across our organization, without assigning Microsoft Project licenses to all relevant parties. The prototypes track most of the same information that our project managers track throughout a project’s life-cycle and could prove to be a solution for Project Managers across all industries.
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Microsoft Planner Details & Updates
Some of the new releases associated with Microsoft Planner include new “Group” and “Filter” options (mentioned above) and integration into the new Office 365 group card that gives you easy access to all the components of a group, such as conversations, calendar, notebook, files, planner, and other collaborative tools.
Microsoft is also currently rolling out a new feature that allows a user’s Outlook calendar to sync with Microsoft Planner.
Microsoft Planner recently developed several new updates including:
- Microsoft Planner Guest User Access
- New Planner SharePoint Web Part enabling users to bring their project tasks directly into a SharePoint page or news article. (Have we mentioned that we’re an experienced SharePoint developer and consultant?)
- Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Planner integration allowing users to view all of their assigned tasks across plans from Microsoft Teams.
- Ability display and share views of Planner tasks on a timeline
Planner comes standard with each the following Office 365 Plans:
- Office 365 Business Essentials
- Office 365 Business Premium
- Office 365 Enterprise E1
- Office 365 Enterprise E3
- Office 365 Enterprise E5
- Office 365 Education
- Office 365 Education E5
Overall, Microsoft Planner is a tool that HingePoint believes could be an excellent solution to many of the operational procedures that any company goes through on a day-to-day basis. Of course, since this is an Office 365 product, users can also access and update their plans on any mobile device with the Microsoft Planner App for iOS and Android.
Interested in integrating Microsoft Planner into your organization?
If you’re interested in learning more about integrating Microsoft Planner, SharePoint, or other Office 365 tools into your organization, we’d love to hear what you’re looking to accomplish! Email us or call us at (214) 301-3123 to get started today.Schedule A Discovery Call
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Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Microsoft Planner?
Microsoft Planner is an easy-to-use and extremely visual way to organize team tasks and promote collaboration. Planner makes it easy for teams to create new plans, organize and assign tasks, share files, chat about their work, and get updates on progress.
- How do I prioritize tasks in Microsoft Planner?
Once you’ve completed creating your initial plan, you can then create additional sub-categories for individual tasks and team tasks, organizing different aspects of your project into smaller groups. Talk with your teammates to figure out which buckets make the most sense for your project, task assignments, and workflow.
- Should I use Due Dates in Microsoft Planner?
Keep track of deadlines of a list of tasks and measure project lifetimes by using due dates and calendar features. You can also create personalized task lists for each of your teams, and communicate them to through Microsoft Teams channels in real time. Due dates let people know when they need to complete their tasks by providing them with notifications at specific times. You can always change this later if you want to.
- What are the most recent updates to Microsoft Planner?
With some of the recent updates to Microsoft Planner, there are now Group and Filter options available for use within the app. These allow you to easily manage groups of people who share common tasks, goals, projects, etc., so they don’t get lost in the clutter of emails. You can even create filters that let you see specific types of content from one person or another.