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Deep integration with Microsoft Planner

Imagine this: you create a task in MSProject that requires action from a task owner. You click the Link to Planner button and go through the linking process (https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/brismith/2017/08/29/microsoft-planner-linking-plans-to-a-project-task/#comment-48795). But instead of just being a link to the Planner plan, you actually see the task as a card on the plan, with Task Name, Start Date, Finish Date, and Resources all being pulled from MSProject to Planner. And you can add more tasks from MSProject to Planner, each as its own card. You then add this plan to a tab on Teams, and people can go from the plan to the document they're tasked to work on and back to the plan to mark their task complete, which then pushes back to MSProject as a completed task.

Wouldn't that be awesome?!

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  • Mark commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Being able to link a plannar item and a task in project would be ideal for those not wanting to work with gantt charts, but still allows for a gantt chart planning view and task linking.

    Having this planned is ok, but delivering this functionaility quickly would be appreciated more.

  • JonWatts commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Do you have any update on this. I am currently using FluentPro to achieve this integration, but a full license is cost prohibitive for a small company.

  • Tinus Erasmus commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    HI, do you have any feedback on when you will be able to have this update ready? There is various other companies offering solutions to this issues already.

  • Tamara Frey commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi Project team, same question as Pamela. Are there any news on when to expect this feature? Nothing on the roadmap I've seen. Several customers are asking for this feature so at least a timeline would be great.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    In teams keep the TAB name in sync with the name of the planner plan (or rather: the TAB name should BE the planner plan name), so if the name changes it gets updated also in Project online

  • James Ward commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Ideal usage scenario:
    1) Top level project plan created in MSP
    2) individual responsibility plans created in planner
    3) links established in MSP to plan with following hierarchy:
    -Project
    --plan
    ---bucket
    ----task
    ----task
    ---bucket
    ----task
    ----task

    Dependencies can then be established to other tasks within the msp file, driving subsequent work.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    when adding a link, hide the plans that are already linked
    When a link is made, display the name of the team/group together with the name of the plan

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    automatically sync the end date of the project task to the due date of all cards in the related planner plan

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    A lot of people here request a 1:1 sync between project task and planner card, and i don't really understand why. In my idea a work item can either be a project task (known effort and duration, maybe impacting the critical path) or a planner card (just something that needs to get done), but not both. Unless the real underlying requirement is that people want their team members to access and execute their work in only one environment. But then it makes more sense to me to show myTASKS (project) separately in a team channel.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I like the current setup where on Project task corresponds to a planner plan that contains multiple more detailed planner tasks. and i think replicating information between planner and project just complicates things. A deeper integration would be useful for me if it allows for easy navigation back and forth (e.g. in planner display some basic info of the project task plus a link to jump to the project. And in project the ability to drill down a project task and see the underlying planner tasks), and aggregate planner task info to the project task (% complete, indication if a plannertask is late etc).

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    As a PM who runs large programmes and detailed Project Plans / Work Packages I agree with the need for Project Task to Planner Task (and bucket) integration and bi-directional sync, the current "link one task to a planner plan" is nonsense. I would prefer to see the mapping to a planner plan done at work package level.

  • Yaron S commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi,
    Really cool feature,
    We using in our company in MS Project online and I road that have option to integrate with Planner feature,
    I did the steps according write in the site, but the tasks not integrate to Planner system .
    I opened ticket to Microsoft, and representative tell me in the conversation that the feature did'nt release yet (have only the infrastructure)
    it's correct ?.

  • BryanV commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I was so excited about this feature. Couldn't wait for planner to be released to GCC. I was shocked to find out that I can't link a task in project to a task in planner, but I have to link a task in project to a project in planner. Doesn't make any sense to me. I'll probably not use Project then and just use planner.

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