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New Microsoft Planner Due Date Notifications

A short while ago I wrote about our team’s initial adoption of Microsoft Planner. At the time, we were having issues with the due dates feature because there seemed to be no way to view our schedule. A few months later, we ran into another issue with due dates. The complaint? Users were not being notified when their content was due. Since the team was not looking at the plan every day, and had no way to view a schedule, tasks were getting lost and we were having to work around this issue in other ways. What could we do?

As I spent some time after a team meeting discussing this, I discovered Microsoft had actually started development on this feature. As of January 16th, all users now have access! With this feature, you now get emails in your inbox reminding you of tasks that have expired as well as upcoming tasks.

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This was exactly the functionality we needed to make sure the team was reminded about the items that were coming up on their plate.

Bonus: Schedule view

The new Schedule view also gives us a calendar view of our tasks based on due dates. This will make reviewing upcoming tasks even eaiser so we can visualize the distribution of tasks over time. Sometimes, as we reschedule late tasks, we can wind up with too many tasks all clumped together and this is a good way for us to find those clusters.

A good start! I’m looking forward to seeing Microsoft continue to invest in this tool and bring it up to par with others in the field.

 

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Microsoft Planner – The task tracker we deserve

For years, I have been a dedicated user of Trello as you may have seen in some blog posts. Recently, however, my team has been using O365 and Microsoft Teams in an effort to push Teams to its limit and get the most out of the integrations Microsoft has put together between all their tools.

In this case, I needed the ability to get some planning put together for a content calendar, so in came Microsoft Planner. Built right into O365, I was able to get started quickly and start assigning tasks. However, I quickly learned that this tool was the hero we deserve, not the hero we need.

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Trello acquired by Atlassian

If you use Trello (and there are more than 19 million of us that do) you have probably heard about the acquisition of Trello by Atlassian. While Trello will essentially still be what it is today, the team behind Trello now has some serious R&D backing.

As somebody who uses the Atlassian stack of tools daily, and also a lover of Trello, this is some pretty sweet news. I’m looking forward to seeing what integrations these teams come up with for the tool set!

TechCrunch reports that the acquisition has a value of $425 million, with $360 million in cash and the rest in shared/options. Things get official on March 31st.

The official news from Atlassian and Trello:

Eleventh day of Christmas… Blogs A-Plenty!

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true blog gave to me… eleven re-blogged posts!

ten women of Sitecorenine sessions of trainingeight tweets a-tweetingseven VSTS featuressix GIFS a-dancingfive Golden Rules!
Four Community Sitesthree Maturity Modelstwo Sitecore PaaS features, and Sitecore in a NuGet feed.

As a fun twist, each post has been given a new classic ‘link-bait’ title. You won’t believe your eyes!

  1. Three Easy Sitecore Instance Role Configurations
  2. Six Steps to custom TDS Post Deploy Steps
  3. Need Continuous Everything now? Read more!
  4. 7 Sitecore Burst videos… number 4 will surprise you!
  5. You wouldn’t believe what happened at Sitecore Symposium!
  6. This Big Bad Wolf won’t scare you after you read this post
  7. Are you using VSTS and NuGet? You need to read this now!
  8. Got Sitecore? Want HTTP/2? Your IT team is probably telling you no. Here’s why!
  9. Multi-tenant? Multi-site? And SSL? With Sitecore? Yes you can!
  10. I hate best practices and so do you (okay, so this one was already pretty link-baity…)
  11. Can’t find the roles in your TDS package? Read this to unlock the secret.

Seventh day of Christmas… VSTS features in 2016

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true blog gave to me… seven Team Services features!

six GIFS a-dancingfive Golden Rules!
Four Community Sitesthree Maturity Modelstwo Sitecore PaaS features, and Sitecore in a NuGet feed.

If you have been using Visual Studio Team Services, you know that Microsoft regularly releases new functionality to the application throughout the year. Today we’ll recap seven new features released in 2016! These may not be the biggest changes, but they are the ones I like to see in the evolution of a product.

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Third day of Christmas… Maturity Models!

On the third day of Christmas my true blog gave to me… three maturity models!

.. two Sitecore PaaS features, and Sitecore in a NuGet feed.

Customer Experience Maturity Model

Sitecore released a maturity model a while back to guide organizations through the various stages of engaging a customer.  Great for seeing where you line up and how you can get to the next stage. You can download the PDF here:

Sitecore Customer Experience Maturity Model

DevOps Maturity Model

Last year I released a maturity model for continuous improvement of your DevOps practices. I use this as a guide for helping put together a roadmap for organizations looking to improve their delivery. Download it here:

DevOps Maturity Model

SEO Maturity Curve

Nothing like a little search engine optimization to ring in the holiday season! Details of SEO might be constantly changing, but the maturity of investment in SEO is always there. Check it out:

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On the first day of Christmas… Sitecore in a NuGet Feed

On the first day of Christmas, my true blog gave to me… Sitecore in a NuGet feed!

One of the great things announced this year was the Sitecore public NuGet feed for Sitecore DLLs. This really makes managing Sitecore dependencies on a project a lot easier and makes life deploying everywhere a whole lot simpler.

Here are a few extra reads for the curious: