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.
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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.
This is the dumbest thing I've ever heard of. DEAL BREAKER. It's a shame, because otherwise this seems like the perfect solution for my 365 team.
This should absolutely be a feature, it creates unnecessary extra groups. I like keeping things in order as the admin and this is extra data that is clogging the background.
Please add this very useful functionality in your backlog top topics
0 Items in dev on the Planner Roadmap...
Not only is creating a Group with a Plan nonsense, but the fact that even the sub-plans tied to a Group require that "all members" must be part of "all plans". Managers cannot segregate and organize their members. It's all or nothing *period*.
Listen to your users MS. We're wanting to use and support the product, but the non-IT want simplicity and IT is a service department. We usually end up providing what the users want and they don't want this... unfortunate.
We are looking at rolling out Planner, but this is a real issue. Unfortunately, while having everything connected is nice, it is a big deterrent in my company using these applications to their full potential. Instead, we will limit plans to only a few pre-existing groups (same ones we use for Teams) and will not allow individuals to create plans unless they are team-wide...
Yes, this is exactly what I need.
I finaly would be able to bundle all my own work with the project group activities that I need to do.
This feature would be super beneficial. Currently, I use Trello for these personal projects and goals, but it would be nice to use planner since everything else I utilize is office 365
Being able to create a plan without turning it into a group is a must-have feature.