Developer preview in Teams and Planner integration

After seeing that MS is launching new features to Microsoft Teams via developer Preview, I decided to enable it and try it. But for my surprise, this option was not enabled in my tenant, so I struggled how to activate it.

First I navigate to: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-teams/setup#3-enable-sideloading-of-apps-for-microsoft-teams where is it possible to find the instructions of how to activate. In my case the steps to follow where pretty simple:

  • Go to the admin center
  • Settings, select Services & add-ins or Apps
  • From the list of services and add-ins, or apps, select Microsoft Teams.
  • On the Microsoft Teams settings screen, switch both Allow external apps in Microsoft Teams and Allow sideloading of external apps to On, and then select Save.

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After doing that, I went to https://teams.microsoft.com and under my profile I was able to select the Developer Preview:

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Accept the dialog:

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And start with the new available features in this mode. One of these new available features is Planner, well done Microsoft 🙂

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Is great to see how Microsoft is improving the collaboration in Teams, and in this case bringing Planner to the app, instead of having to add the plan as a tab.

With this implementation, we can see all our assigned tasks in Planner, in addition to that able to edit the tasks, assign tasks to other users. It’s like accessing to Planner, but integrated into Teams.

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We have different views, where we can group by tasks or even by plan, is important to show all our assigned tasks.

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To close this post, I have to add that this new feature it is only available via web, I expect that this implementation will be also added soon to Microsoft Teams desktop and mobile app.

16/11/2017 Edit: Once again Juan Carlos Gonzalez is right 🙂 ,  developer view is it already available in desktop app, so is it possible to take advantage from the Planner integration. Thanks again!

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Planner, Project, task list… which tool should I use?

Most of my customers are confused with the introduction of Planner in Office 365 and its use to track activities or projects inside the company.

The main idea of this post is to resume which option is best to tackle activities in projects and tasks. So, what we have? What we should choose in each case?

  • Microsoft Project: it is used in Project management, a tool that allows to have in one site all the projects, and at the same time have a lot of tools to integrate the projects and manage them. The main drawback that it very hard to implement inside a company.
  • Microsoft Planner: it is used to manage little projects or to manage activities in workgroups. The great advantage of this tool is that requires a low effort to implement it.
  • SharePoint Task list: it’s a kind a task management, in this case allows to manage task individually.

So now, we’re going to take a deeper look to these options:

Product Advantages Drawbacks
Microsoft Project Detail of resources, calendars and assignations

Management of hours

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Report diagram

Possibility to integrate with PowerBI

Integrate with SharePoint

Risk Management

Knowledge of management

High license cost

It is necessary to associate a mail to the sites

 

Microsoft Planner Very easy for the user

Centralize projects in one site

Graphics to report activities and state of the projects

Mailbox for each project

It is included in Office 365 license

Only is it possible to relate tasks by 3rd party solutions

Gantt diagram with 3rd party solutions

SharePoint Task List Possibility to create and assign task to users

Possibility to relate tasks

Send mails when activities are completed or assigned

See how tasks are delayed or personalized views by user

It is possible to synchronize it with Project

It is necessary to create a list for each Project

Does not exist a site where is it possible to see all the tasks lists

No possibility to see a graphic

That’s all, till next time!

New Flow templates for Planner

Do you need to automate your tasks into Planner and don’t know how to do it? Today, is your lucky day, recently, Microsoft Flow is updating their flow templates to cover migration tasks to Planner and able to manage them from there.

So, the new available templates are the following:

Create planner tasks for flagged emails in Office 365: with this flow, will be possible to create tasks in Planner from all the Outlook mails that have been flagged in our inbox. Every flagged mail, will be created and assigned to us. Great start 🙂

On new SharePoint items create Planner task and assign to creator: Most of my customers demand this, they have a task list in SharePoint, and they want a solution to automate this “migration” to Planner. So, when new items are added to the SharePoint task list, new item will be created in Planner and assigned to the person who created the task.

And finally, an option to migrate from the competitor Trello to Microsoft Planner: will be possible to get a task created in Microsoft Planner for each card added to a list in Trello.

I hope that Microsoft will continue updating those kinds of templates to offer new features and new possibilities.

till next time!