A good lightweight tool with a friendly and intuitive UI/UX
May 26, 2021

A good lightweight tool with a friendly and intuitive UI/UX

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 5 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft Planner

In our organization, MS Planner is used only (for the moment) by the software development team to follow shared dev tasks across technical domains or projects.
It suits us because these use cases required a very simple and accessible lightweight tool, dislike MS Project.
We also [chose] it because of its integration with MS Teams and Microsoft 365.
  • Simple and lightweight UI.
  • MS 365 integration, especially MS Teams.
  • Built-in MS 365 tool (no extra licencing).
  • Very user friendly Mobile access.
  • No timeline.
  • Impossible to link dependent tasks.
  • No notifications outside the portal (except mail).
  • Collaborative Task Management across team members.
  • Several team members task assignation.
  • Very intuitive and easy to learn tool.
  • Shared tasks visibility implied improved team collaboration.
  • MS Teams integration helped MS Planner acceptation.
  • Planner usage reduced dev delays.
I would recommend Planner for light project / team management with strong MS Teams integration.
For a PMO / large project with resources/cost/gantt management, I would really recommend MS Project.

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Microsoft Teams, Azure DevOps Server (formerly Team Foundation Server), Microsoft Project, Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365)
Well suited for very light, quick and easy team tasks management. Not suitable for large project management, or enterprise context, in which MS Project-like software would be recommended.