In the face-to-face work environment, negotiating deadlines, reaching mutual targets and defining a division of labour within a project might be achieved with a 10-minute chat over a coffee. Add into the mix social distancing, additional collaborators and varied work schedules. and this process can be drawn out to days, if not weeks. 

For most of us, whether working from home or in the office, anything to reduce the to-and-fro around project management is warmly welcomed, freeing up space and time to focus on our other tasks. 

Microsoft Planner takes some of the pain out of this by providing a coordinated reference point for organising, assigning and tracking the progress of a project. In case you couldn’t join us for the virtual sessions, here are a few key points.

3 ways that Microsoft Planner can make your work life easier:

Subject coordinators synchronising tasks with tutors

Subject coordinators can populate a plan with tasks and subject-related material for their tutors, which can be marked off when completed throughout the teaching session. Tasks can be duplicated for additional tutors and entire plans can be copied for repeat sessions down the track. 

Planning an event

MS Planner allows you to shift tasks around within a plan, providing the flexibility needed when planning for an event. Checklists provide steps within a task to assist with their completion and can be re-allocated to other team members or completed collaboratively. 

Day-to-day team tasks

The who/what/when of one-off or recurring tasks are all accounted for in MS Planner, where you have the option to interact with a plan in the Kanban-style post-it note board view, as a chart or within a schedule. Plans can also be integrated as a tab within MS Teams for easy access and reference by members.

Keep an eye out for upcoming Tooltime sessions and LX.lab workshops via the LX Events page.

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