How to Add Microsoft Planner Tasks to a Shared Calendar
Microsoft Planner is a well-known project management app with a wide range of integrations thanks to the capabilities of Office 365. To keep all tasks and deadlines in one place and the team on the same page, it’s important to be able to add everything to a shared calendar. In this article, we’ll look at the features of Microsoft Planner and how to integrate it with Calendar Overlay Pro by Virto.
What is Microsoft Planner?
Microsoft Planner is a convenient and easy–to–use project management tool. It allows you to quickly organize personal and corporate to-do lists, track progress, add required participants to the board, and assign tasks. Microsoft Planner is an alternative to Excel, Trello, or Asana for managing tasks and projects, both in teams and individually. Thanks to Kanban boards, with Microsoft Planner you can organize group work and categorize it according to status.
Microsoft Planner is part of the Microsoft Office 365 suite, so each Microsoft Planner board has an associated Outlook, SharePoint and Teams. This means your team has all the necessary resources to collaborate, store, and communicate in the most efficient manner.
If you are responsible for managing the work of your team, Microsoft Planner is an invaluable tool: it will provide you with a workflow overview, allow you to monitor the work of each team member, and help you track progress using various graphs. Whether your team is in the same office as you or whether they work remotely, with Microsoft Planner you can create tasks or projects, assign them to team members, and control the workflow to avoid duplications or tasks being done at the wrong time.
This tool can be added to Microsoft Teams as a separate tab, but it can also work as a standalone Microsoft Planner online application. Just like the other Office 365 apps, you can use this Office planner online in your browser or download it for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android.
Microsoft Planner is available by license to individuals and businesses. There are license options for families, schools, and small, medium, and large enterprises. If you have an Office 365 subscription, it probably already includes Microsoft Planner.
How Microsoft Planner Works
Microsoft Planner is a tool for organizing Scrum or Kanban boards for each project. You can add columns, create cards on each board with descriptions of each task, and assign a responsible person to each card.
The tasks on a board can be grouped by their status or responsible team member. To update the status or change assignments, simply drag and drop the tasks between columns.
You can see the assigned tasks in the calendar to familiarize yourself with the work plan and deadlines. You can also access the charts function, which allows you to visualize the statistics of tasks executed by team members.
The “My Tasks” view contains a complete list of all your tasks and their status in all your projects. Whenworking together on a project, team members always know who is working on what.
Main Features of Microsoft Planner
- Assign tasks to employees as part of a common project
- Gain visual real-time control over the execution of assigned tasks
- Receive instant notifications about assigned tasks
- Attach links to third-party resources
- Place Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, or OneNote records in Microsoft Planner with all changes made to the documents automatically synchronized
- Post comments to the task
- Create separate groups for each project both in Outlook mail and calendar
- Attach documents saved to OneDrive automatically
Microsoft Planner for Project Management
Once you have added Microsoft Planner to your team’s routine, you can have the peace of mind of having work organized and efficiently distributed at all levels: management, marketing, IT, operations, administration, sales, customer service, warehouse, and so on. Control and manage work at all levels of your organization through teams and departments.
In fact, Microsoft Planner is a convenient tool for organizing any type of work as a team or an individual, whether a small school project or a project for a large enterprise with multiple departments. Microsoft Planner allows the whole company to get on the same page and work towards the same goal, and it gives you a visual way to share your objectives.
With this tool, you can say goodbye to project management with Excel and to endless email conversations to make decisions or be informed about something. With Microsoft Planner, managers can take control of the situation and keep team members informed about which projects and tasks they should be working on at any given moment. Comments and conversations regarding tasks are integrated and conveniently located in Microsoft Planner within each task, making sure that the relevant information is exactly where it should be.
When everyone knows who needs to do what and by when, you are facilitating a valuable flow of information to your team. Everyone will know who is responsible for executing and completing a project or task, and there will be no more emails asking who is taking care of something and when it is due – by having clear projects and tasks, you avoid the typical problems and excuses like “I didn’t know I had to work on that” or “that’s not my responsibility.” A high level of organization makes it faster and easier to achieve goals.
Major Limitations of Microsoft Planner
Many VirtoSoftware clients use Microsoft Planner to organize teamwork. This intuitive Office 365 tool helps to visualize task management and provides features such as content-rich task cards, checklists, labels, charts, and more. But there are some cases when it’s not enough, for instance, if you need to track events in the SharePoint calendar together with tasks from Microsoft Planner. In this case, it seems like there’s no other option than to constantly switch between the apps. This is where integration comes to the rescue.
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Integrating project management tools makes this process smoother and more efficient. Microsoft Planner can be integrated with a scheduling tool such as Calendar Overlay Pro, making the Office 365 environment more powerful and optimized for your work process.
Here are some of the features included with Calendar Overlay Pro:
- Recurring events
- Fast color-coding with unlimited options
- The possibility to add calendars from external data sources with iCal
- Integration with Microsoft Teams
- Gantt chart calendar view
- Mini-calendar view for your SharePoint site page
How to Add Microsoft Planner Tasks into Calendar Overlay Pro
Calendar Overlay Pro by Virto easily integrates into the Microsoft environment; this includes not only SharePoint Online but also Microsoft Planner. Calendar Overlay Pro for Office 365 was created to cover all the gaps and insufficiencies of Office 365 and provide a high-quality project management tool to work alongside and within Microsoft products.
You’ll need to follow a few simple steps to add the MicrosoftPlanner tasks into Calendar Overlay Pro…
Go to the Virto calendar settings by clicking on the gear in the upper right corner and open “Available Calendars.” Click “Create New,” or open the existing calendar where you’d like to add Microsoft Planner’s tasks.
Tick the checkbox “Display tasks from MS Planner.”
Don’t forget to scroll down and save the calendar settings.
The tasks from Microsoft Planner will appear in the shared calendar—you can see all of them in a single view and track them without switching between the apps. Moreover, as you can add the Virto calendar to your Microsoft Teams, you can see the tasks from Microsoft Planner there as well.
Adding Microsoft Planner Tasks into Microsoft Teams
Calendar Overlay Pro is available in Microsoft Teams with all its features listed above, enabling you to have all your Microsoft Planner tasks showcased in your Microsoft Teams Virto calendar. You can learn how to install Calendar Overlay Pro to Microsoft Teams here.
Start your one-month trial period of Calendar Overlay Pro by Virto to see how it makes your SharePoint Online and Office 365 environment more powerful and feature rich. With Calendar Overlay Pro, you will forget about switching between tabs and apps. You won’t have to settle for limited, out-of-date features that are difficult to set up and use. Calendar Overlay Pro is on another level of user experience, helping you save time for the really important matters.
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