Integrate Microsoft Planner with Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams allows us to integrate with many other applications. This includes a number of third party applications as well. Because of these integrations and availability of apps, in my opinion Teams is being transformed as a collaborative platform. It provides a single window or the user to access all his collaborative and communication tasks.

How to add Planner within a Team

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By clicking on the + sign (highlighted on the above image) all the related apps that could be added within Teams will be displayed.

Click on Planner

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Since there is already a planner in this Team it prompts an option to use the existing planner or I can create a new planner. Give a name to the planner. I have used Test Planner as the name

Click Save

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Using the planner, one can add multiple tasks and assign resources and dead lines to each task. Adding a task is simple, just type in the task name and press enter. by clicking on the + sign you can add new tasks or click on add tasks to add new tasks.

By clicking add new bucket it will create different categories or subjects or topics under which tasks can be created and assigned.

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The above image displays that I have created three different buckets and created tasks and assigned them accordingly.

The best part of using planner is that you can have a chart/report view of the overall task assignment and the progress. But unfortunately that view is not through Teams but rather through the Office 365 Portal.

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Clicking on the highlighted icon will take you to the planner web portal through which you can click on charts and view the summary.

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The Planner Hub is much more interesting, it will give a summary of all the Planners that are associated with the Teams that you are a member of and added as favorite.

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