In today's fast-paced work environment, it is important to have effective project management and task tracking tools. One such tool is Microsoft Teams, a collaboration platform that allows team members to communicate, share files, and manage tasks in one place. In this blog post, we will explore how to use Microsoft Teams for project management and task tracking.


Getting Started with Microsoft Teams

Before we dive into the project management and task tracking features of Microsoft Teams, let's take a moment to understand the basics of the platform.

Microsoft Teams is a chat-based collaboration tool that is part of the Microsoft Office 365 suite of products. Teams allows you to create channels for specific projects, departments, or teams, and within those channels, you can have conversations, share files, and collaborate on documents in real-time.

To get started with Microsoft Teams, you will need to have an Office 365 subscription. Once you have an account, you can download the Teams desktop app or use it in your web browser. Once you are logged in, you can create a team and invite members to join.


Creating a Team and Channels

The first step in using Microsoft Teams for project management and task tracking is to create a team and channels. A team is a group of people who work together on a project or initiative. Within a team, you can create channels to organize conversations and tasks.

To create a team, click on the Teams tab in the left-hand navigation bar and then click on the "Create a team" button. You can choose to create a team from scratch or use a pre-built template.

Once you have created a team, you can add channels by clicking on the "Add channel" button. Channels are like subgroups within a team that are focused on a specific topic or project. For example, if you have a marketing team, you might create channels for social media, email marketing, and content creation.


Managing Tasks in Microsoft Teams

Now that you have created a team and channels, it's time to start managing tasks. Microsoft Teams has several features that make it easy to track tasks and stay organized.


1) Creating Tasks

To create a task in Microsoft Teams, you can use the Planner app, which is built into the platform. Planner is a task management tool that allows you to create and assign tasks, set due dates, and track progress.

To create a new task in Planner, click on the "Planner" tab in your channel and then click on the "New plan" button. You can then create a new task by clicking on the "Add task" button. When creating a task, you can set a due date, assign it to a team member, and add any relevant details or attachments.


2) Assigning Tasks

Once you have created a task, you can assign it to a team member. To assign a task in Planner, click on the task and then click on the "Assign" button. You can then select a team member from the dropdown menu.


3) Tracking Progress

One of the benefits of using Microsoft Teams for task tracking is that you can easily see the progress of your tasks. When you create a task in Planner, it will appear in the "Tasks" tab in your channel. From there, you can see the status of the task, who it is assigned to, and when it is due.

You can also use the "Charts" tab in Planner to get an overview of your team's progress. The charts show you how many tasks are complete, in progress, or overdue.


4) Communicating About Tasks

Another key aspect of project management is communication. Microsoft Teams makes it easy to communicate with your team members about tasks and projects.


5) Conversations

Within each channel in Microsoft Teams, you can have conversations with your team members. When you create a new conversation, you can tag team members to notify them of the conversation. This is a great way to discuss tasks, ask questions, and get feedback from your team.

In addition to channel conversations, you can also have private conversations with individual team members. Private conversations are useful for discussing sensitive or confidential information that should not be shared with the entire team.


6) Meetings

Microsoft Teams also has a built-in meetings feature that allows you to schedule and host video meetings with your team. Meetings can be scheduled from within a channel or through the Teams calendar.

During a meeting, you can share your screen, present files, and use whiteboard and annotation tools. This is a great way to discuss tasks and projects in real-time, and to get everyone on the same page.


Using Third-Party Apps

In addition to the built-in features of Microsoft Teams, there are also third-party apps that you can use to enhance your project management and task tracking capabilities.

One such app is Trello, a popular project management tool that integrates with Microsoft Teams. With the Trello app, you can create and manage Trello boards directly within Microsoft Teams, and you can add Trello cards to Planner tasks.

Another useful app is Polly, a survey and poll tool that allows you to gather feedback and input from your team members. With Polly, you can create and send polls and surveys directly within Microsoft Teams.



Microsoft Teams is a powerful collaboration tool that can be used for project management and task tracking. With its built-in features like Planner, conversations, and meetings, it is easy to stay organized and communicate with your team. And with third-party apps like Trello and Polly, you can enhance your project management capabilities even further.

Whether you are working on a small project with a few team members or a large project with multiple teams, Microsoft Teams can help you stay on track and achieve your goals. So why not give it a try? Create a team, start a conversation, and begin managing your tasks and projects with Microsoft Teams today.