Microsoft introduced Project Home and Roadmap as part of their new vision for modern work management last year. During Ignite 2019 they announced to add a new project management experience to the new Project service.
The new Project service is a cloud solution which adopts the Microsoft Common Data Service for Apps (CDS). Being built on the CDS and seamlessly working together with PowerApps and Microsoft Flow the new Project Service delivers more power in terms of possibilities, performance and scalability when it comes to managing your project portfolio.
Let’s dive into the functionality currently available. Project Home provides a birds-eye overview of the projects and roadmaps which are most relevant to you. It’s a combination of quick access to the projects which you have been working on recently, the projects which have been shared with you and, most importantly, the projects which you want to highlight as favorite. From Project Home you can also create new projects or roadmaps and get access to your Project Online environment.
The second release of the Project service was Roadmap. Roadmap enables you to create a bigger picture of the work in progress. At this point in time you are able to combine projects coming from both Project Online and Azure Boards. You can create timeline views of projects with their milestones and status. It is also possible to add key-dates which are relevant to the business.
In the future releases Microsoft will also support projects from Planner and third-party software such as Jira. By doing so, the new Project service will become your one-stop-shop for projects across the organization.
Finally, the recently announced Modern Project. To quote Microsoft:
“With this fresh, re-energized project management experience, your teams can use a simple, yet powerful tool to manage work – from quick projects to complex initiatives. Designed for collaboration, Project makes it easy for anyone to contribute to a project and share updates across the team. And because Project is now built on the Microsoft Power Platform, you have the flexibility to customize and extend your solution to best suit your business needs.”
From what we’ve seen so far this is a true statement. Modern Project is an intuitive cloud solution which is easy to use. Although the first release only contains the basics it enables you to schedule a project in the way you prefer. This can either be via a Gantt chart, task list or planner board.
This latest addition to the service is currently being deployed by Microsoft and once it’s available in our tenant I will go into more details in a next blog.
The new Project service from Microsoft still looks very promising. Deeply integrated in Office365, the combined power of the CDS, PowerApps and Microsoft Flow will provide capabilities which allows you to manage your project portfolio in a way that suits your business needs.
The addition of Modern Project it will open a way of managing projects that is very intuitive and easy to use. Indeed, it doesn’t have all the features of MS Project, but who is using those anyway? And besides, the connectivity between Modern Project and MS Project is already announced for a later release.