Successful businesses are constantly looking for the best ways to be effective and efficient.
The “Agile” method of project management is a set of practices proven to deliver higher-quality products to happier customers in less time.
Agile teams work in short iterations of typically two weeks, focusing on delivering something concrete to the customer in every iteration. In this way, any emerging changes to the requirements are caught early, and the final product is guaranteed to be what the customer wants. Other Agile practices centre on embedding quality through continuous testing and knowledge sharing.
To help companies start their Agile journey confidently, the celebrated project methodology "Scrum" is often used as a framework. As with any new process, it can sometimes be hard to choose a suitable tool or system to support you.
Microsoft Planner provides the answer for efficient project management. Because it supports Scrum, Planner can manage all your tasks in an Agile way, to ensure the successful delivery of your projects. Planner lets you easily adapt to working with Scrum to give you total confidence in successful delivery every time.
Let’s get down to details.
Why Agile teams love Planner
First of all, let’s say you need to deliver some kind of “product”. This could be anything which involves a set of features for your team to work on – a new website, a system upgrade – the tasks don’t have to be technical.
Working with your customer, you start by identifying the most important features, and get your team to break them down into small tasks whose effort you can estimate. Try to break the features down into tasks no bigger than one to three days for one person.
This list of tasks is your “backlog”, and you’re going to work in two-week iterations (or “sprints” until the customer is happy that you’ve delivered enough.
Planner also allows you to specify the time and date a task is due, and provides you with a chart showing which tasks haven’t been started yet, are in progress, are completed or late – overdue tasks are highlighted in red and can easily be assigned a new owner to keep you on track
Planner works on a variety of devices and across several platforms, allowing true Agile collaboration anytime, anywhere.
Plan, collaborate and succeed!
Contact 365 Solutions Group today to find out how we can help you make the most of Planner to ensure your projects run more smoothly.