Create a Plan without creating an Office Group
I like using the Planner as a personal tool to simply manage my day-to-day tasks - I like the kanban Trello-esque visual way of doing this. I don't, however, need the sharing capabilities and therefore all the associated 365 group stuff created in the background is superflous. It would be good to simply have an "individual" Plan and not have it create a 365 group. It just feels like there will be whole lot of chaos will ensue with people creating all sorts of groups like "My Plan", "Test Plan" etc.
Dear Planner users, Planner is looking to learn your experience with managing “personal tasks”. The feedback you provide would help the product to optimize the features toward your needs, and would benefit other users who use the product like you.
We’d very much appreciate if you could take 7-10 mins to fill out this survey. Thank you!
Why does everything in O365 need to be tied to Sharepoint and groups? We can't easily deploy 1/2 of O365 great features without creating havoc in other areas like file storage and random group creations.
I would like to use Planner for my 1-1s, but this group stuff is hanging me up
Kristi David commented
It would be nice to assign task to users outside of a group. For instance, my teams (or group) work on certain tasks, but sometimes need assistance from outside my team or group to complete said task. It would be nice to be able to assign the task to a person who isn't apart of my team or group (because I don't have a need or want to add them to my group or team).
Mark Rothfield commented
Please enable this, so we can manage personal tasks with Kanban - that is all we need, not the extra overhead of a 365 Group, Team, SharePoint repository etc.
Plans are much more fluid than groups. We need to be able to easily add and remove people.
Hi, interested in a personal plan as well. Don't need to clog up resources with my own project management.
Adding myself to the list. My administrators are angry with me for every (personal) planner I create, it bloats their group managment.
MS do something.
Option to Import and Export Plan is missing, you can only Export but can't import a template. This will be beneficial if you have identical tasks at every project.
Please stop creating groups and sites for every new plan. A planner should be lean not cumbersome, it will be very hard to manage after 3 years where all SharePoint sites mostly with duplicate names get populated.
Also, there should be an option to duplicate a plan with an option of 'Add to an existing Office 365 Group.' This is the basics and I don't understand why it is really that hard to implement.
I agree. This is a great tool. But I don't like using it because it clogs up my outlook. I only need to organize individual tasks.
Planner works well in a Team but without the personal use, many find it useless. Give us options to use this without Groups!
Chaim S commented
Yes!! It's a great tool that doesn't always require collaboration. Please allow non-group implementation (perhaps without the back end SharePoint site) even if it cuts certain functionality, it would still be great.
Christian Cooper commented
This is so critical! Such a great tool but you can't use it to manage your own individual work? What a shame
Robert Voigtländer commented
I fully support the requests here. Having a personal planner per user would tripple the value of the tool.
I have just been looking for how to do this - I want to use Planner but do not need it to be shared with any group and do not want to create an O365 group with associated overhead / SharePoint site etc when I am likely to be the only member...please can this functionality be made possible
Why can't there be a "Planner-Lite" version that leverages the Outlook/To Do task management non-SharePoint/One Drive framework? Or how about a full Planner integration "kanban view" within To Do?
I chose to leverage my work o365 account for my personal productivity system with Planner as the central hub for tasks and projects due to all of the great connections across the apps I use daily. Recently my work moved to shut down SharePoint/One Drive access for personal devices and now I've lost a tremendous amount of mobility and flexibility with maintaining and leveraging my system. With this level of security I lost the ability to even access the mobile app entirely.
To Do and Outlook tasks seem unhindered and the Planner -> To Do integration still allows me to access my Planner tasks within To Do (mark them complete and check off check lists) which is great! I've always used the To Do app for this daily to-do list integration of my tasks. However, I prefer Planner's Kanban board to To Do's lists for overall maintenance and flexibility of my tasks and projects across buckets and plans.
Mathias Halkjær Petersen commented
Can't believe this was not a feature at day 1.
We are beginning to use Planner and this just came up. We have locked down the creation of Groups to keep it manageable so now we cannot create personal Plans without requesting the group be created.
We have staff using Trello who would love to have a personal Planner, especially one that integrates with the tasks from other planners.
This is a necessity if you want your whole organization using Teams effectively. I like using the planner to keep track of my tasks and dues dates but no ability to add tasks not related to a organizational project (which is how we have Teams set up) makes me use another tool for my own tasks.
Not very efficient and may very well end up that I like another tool better and then I'm outside of MS.