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    John Houser commented  · 

    @Admin - thanks for keeping this on the plate.

    Is the plan to have a "sync" like feature between MS Project & MS Planner at some point? And you are looking for some small bite sized features that get us there?

    Or is the "sync" like feature not in any plan for at least 3 years?

    If a "sync" feature is not in the plan, I do not see this as helpful because my prjoects and project resources would be spread across 2 environments (cannot do all our resource planning and project reporting from one place - unless you have another solution for these coming out..).

    If the "sync" feature is in the plan, then we could deconstruct what the end state looks like and begin releasing improvements each Quarter that get us there.

    Example features that lead up to the "sync":
    * Create 1:1 linkage between project and Planner (view only, perhaps only at time of project creation)
    * 1:1 linkage with some 1 way updates (then release fields allowed to be updated over time)
    * 1:1 linkage with 2 way updates (release more and more fields until we get to "sync" status)
    etc...

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    John Houser commented  · 

    @ Admin - glad this was changed to PLANNED status !!

    If you have updates on what "deep integration" release 1 looks like, we would be interested to hear your thinking.

    I am hopeful "deep integration" means a 1:1 integration between Project Online tasks:Planner cards as I outlined below.

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    John Houser commented  · 

    @Admin: I am surprised to hear your research is showing only to link a project task to a high level planner plan. In my last 4 jobs, I cannot think of how that would be useful.

    I see the big gain here is with a 1:1 Planner Card to Project Task mapping. The current version could have been done with an ECF and a Macro. It is the tighter integration we really need your help with.

    Otherwise we will not get the resource planning required for organizations.

    I am looking at this to make MS Planner the main conduit or UI for our team members into their tasks. Planner represents a team member's work very well. If we add the 1:1 linkage and a few critical fields added into Planner (actual work (and date), remaining hours, estimated end date, notes) then team members could use Planner exclusively for their task management and timesheet reporting.

    All of this would then roll up for project managers and executive reporting into the same reporting available today.

    If this 1:1 link between Project and Planner was available, usage of Planner would increase within months. All MS Project installations could now offer a Small & Large project solution to project teams. They no longer need a project manager to manage ms Project schedule and hours and time (painful and time consuming).

    All their team work could be managed in Planner (or Project for large). All work would be captured and reportable and manageable with the resources and reporting in MS Project/Power BI/other.

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    John Houser commented  · 

    I like the idea of integration between Planner and Project, so that we can use the MS Planner for Small projects, however we benefit from the MS Project reporting (or PowerBI) to show our entire Portfolio of BIG and SMALL projects together. Both BIG and SMALL projects often use the same resources, so would want to see the all work and demands on people.

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    John Houser commented  · 

    I am looking for this today, and saw it is not there. Definitely need this to help show delta between baseline and actual project execution at a high level.

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    Hi everyone!

    We’ve heard your ask for boards, and we understand that its an important way to work.

    We just launched the new Project, with a redesigned user experience that is simple and intuitive. Teams can quickly add new members and set up tasks, and then easily switch between grids, boards, or timeline (Gantt) charts to track progress.

    Some links to learn more:
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2019/10/29/new-microsoft-project-rolls-out-worldwide/?wt_mc_id=aid2409681_qsg_373162&ocid=aid2409681_qsg_373162

    https://products.office.com/en-us/project/project-management-software

    Thanks all, please continue to share your feedback!
    ~J

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    John Houser commented  · 

    I too was thinking that Planner would be the "Agile Boards".

    However, if Planner cannot be the "front end" to MS Project, then Agile Boards will definitely be a huge help.

    Each board would be a 1:1 tied to an MS Project task. It is just that boards would be exposed via internet PWA site vs. MS Project.

    Would want the ability to expose certain MS Project fields and resource details within the Agile Boards. Would want people to enter their Notes, as well as timesheet type of information (daily hours completed, hours remaining, and estimated date of completion) for each of their cards (a.k.a. tasks).

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    John Houser commented  · 

    Looking for Similar to Planner functionality.

    If there were additional enterprise columns that could be used to categorize the user cards into categories (similar to what planner does with BAcklog, in process, done, etc..). Perhaps a customizable ones as well, just in case we have different categories or views (As planner does with buckets).

    Also looking for the feature where users can view all their cards, and click on any of them to see the task details and be able to enter notes as well.

    When users click on their card they can update their actual and/or remaining hours as well as their ETA on which day they will be done with the task (all of this moves to their timesheet automatically). MAny people prefer the card method to view and update vs. timesheet.

    All of this would go directly to MS Project in the cloud, and then be reportable via the same powerful Power BI or MS Project reporting that is available today.

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    When I am presenting on tv monitors in a room, it would greatly help to increase the size of font on the rows. Excel does this very well.

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    John Houser commented  · 

    Absolutely! We use the workaround and it is painful. The work around doesn't work if you added a NEW line to make the notes readable. Would want to have this.

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