More Agility in your project plan

Microsoft Project already supports working with agile and sprints (scrum). 

The first release of this new work method was available for Project users roughly 6 months ago, and last week we got yet another update. This time the update is rather simple but serves a powerful purpose – integrated progress tracking and better filtering.

Let me quickly walk you through the update and how to use it:

Step 1: Run updates from the “Office Insider” channel

Lets first ensure you on the right update frequency as you would otherwise have to wait a little bit more. The current build that I am on is called 9213.2031, and is the “Click2Run” edition of Microsoft Project. My update channel is set to “Office Insider”. You can check you own version in the backstage of Microsoft Project.

Step 2: Create a backlog of tasks

From the Gantt Chart view, I have created some different tasks, and tagged some as “agile” and others as traditional. The “Agile” column is now a standard in the client, and will later trigger what should be shown on the Kanban board.

Step 3: Switch your project methodology to Kanban

I will now change the planning mode to support “Kanban”. In case you have never tried this before, read one of my previous post on the agile feature update.

To change the mode simply click the “Project” tab from the ribbon and the select “Agile”. I will select the “Kanban” option for this blog post.

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Tags: Planner , MS Project