As part of your Microsoft Office 365 subscription, Microsoft Planner provides collaborative task management to help you and your team get organised and work together. Individual tasks are represented as cards on Kanban-style boards that contain checklists, conversations, and files; keeping task-related content together and easy to find.
Getting started with Planner is simple. Create a new plan by giving it a title, selecting who will have access, and adding tasks. As you work, you can capture additional information to help you and your team keep track of what needs doing and by whom. Assigning tasks to team members automatically adds them to people's tasks in Outlook, To Do, and Teams.
The columns on Planner boards can be configured to provide insights into your team's tasks and projects. The default grouping is by bucket which allows projects to be broken into phases, types of work, departments, or whatever grouping works best for your team. Tasks can be dragged from one bucket to another as your project evolves. The column view can also be used to group tasks by other fields, such as assignee, progress status, due date, labels, and priority. This allows you to visualise your team's tasks and projects in different ways and gain insights into how it is tracking. For example, grouping tasks by assignee helps to visualise the workload of team members. Reassigning work is as simple as dragging a task card from one team member's column to another.
Planner has charts to help keep track of how work is progressing. Charts allow you to see which tasks are running late, the progress of tasks within buckets, which tasks are urgent or important, and who is overloaded.
There are a lot of choices for managing tasks and projects. Microsoft Planner may be a great choice if you're working with a team and need to keep everyone organised and up to date with project tasks.