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Posted by Ken
Aug 28, 2019 at 03:10 PM

 

Does anybody have any experience using MS Teams with or without MS Planner?  We are a Microsoft shop and our IT people have been slowly considering the deployment of Teams.  I am somewhat familiar with it and Planner, but as they have not been deployed, I have no actual experience using either program.  I have been presenting use cases to folks, but they are slow to move forward.  Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

—Ken

 


Posted by Paul Korm
Aug 28, 2019 at 09:23 PM

 

An organization I support is in the beginning stages of deploying Teams (and Planner).  Planner is team-oriented.  The members of a team in Teams can use planner.  It’s not used as a personal planning tool.  Though, I suppose, you could be the sole member of a team, and thus use Planner. 

FWIW, the technically savvy people in the organization prefer to use Slack instead of Teams.

 


Posted by Ken
Aug 30, 2019 at 12:35 AM

 

Paul Korm wrote:

>FWIW, the technically savvy people in the organization prefer to use
>Slack instead of Teams.

Why does this not surprise me?

—Ken

 


Posted by nathanb
Aug 30, 2019 at 02:28 AM

 

I’ve been starting to use the task integration of ‘Microsoft ToDo’ and Outlook where flagged email and…uh Outlook tasks…show up in the modern app. 

I’ve also been playing around with teams/planner and like that planner tasks assigned to me show up in my ToDo.  So now it’s a unified location for my jot-down tasks, email tasks, and tasks from groups. 

I’ve given up trying to get co-workers to adopt any workflow beyond emailing Excel and word docs like it’s 2003…. Planner is definitely low in capability compared to most other ‘team workspace’ solutions but its target users are those who have never heard of those nor would ever bother to look into them.  The best feature is that I no longer have to try to convince co-workers to try out this new kind of workflow beforehand. All I have to do is invite them to the Planner project and it’s so tightly integrated with Outlook and stupid simple that they no longer have an excuse to force me to keep communicating with them like it’s 2003.

 


Posted by NickG
Aug 30, 2019 at 08:55 AM

 

I’m now in my second client project using Teams. I have found it to be pretty good and usable in terms fo functionality and interface. I have some experience with Slack too and I wouldn’t say that Slack is significantly better - I feel that Slack of ten gets rated higher because it’s the “independent” choice, as opposed to the corporate choice.

In my current project, we’re using Teams both for messages and, quite successfully, for file sharing. It works well on Windows (I don’t use Windows, but everyone else does), iPhone and iPad. No knowledge of Android, I’m afraid.

The biggest challenges we’re seeing are:

- For file sharing, where do we use Teams as opposed to SharePoint/OneDrive - there’s a certain amount of confusion around this
- Setting up the teams within Teams needs care - same as in Slack really.
- Just getting people to use it is a major challenge.

My only criticisms is that i’s slow to load - but so are so may other apps these days

 


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