As you might know from earlier blog posts, our development efforts currently focus on five pillars:
- Partner APIs
- Machine learning / AI
Try out PlannerScape’s AI
We sometimes don’t mention AI separately because it’s basically part of the back-end, but it adds such exciting features (and is an exciting topic in general) that I’m mentioning it here. If you would like to try out how it helps you with task entry, you can try it out for yourself in the technology preview (https://www.plannerscape.com/technology-preview/) of the website by inputting a task in the taskbar. All input will be used to further train the machine learning model underlying PlannerScape.
I would like to focus on the front-end and address how we provide different ways to manage tasks. When you get to your office in the morning, the first thing you see when you open PlannerScape is your dashboard. It shows your calendar for the day (or week), your most urgent tasks, and your most recent emails.
After getting your coffee and quickly checking if your boss did not email you with something urgent, you can go to your task list.
In the advanced task list, you can see all your tasks and relevant details, including the progress and who are involved (or waiting for the result of a task, for example). You can easily add tasks and part of the details will be filled in based on our AI which has been trained to know what you mean with even the shortest task description. Tasks that you don’t necessarily need to do yourself can be outsourced or delegated through PlannerScape Concierge with the click of a button.
When you are a project manager or use Scrum-like our developers, a single task list might not always suffice to keep track of the progress. In such case, you can switch to another view, such as a Kanban board.
The Kanban board provides the same functionality as the task list but focusses on different properties.
We imagine that you have your own preferred ways of managing your work and we will continuously enable more views to fit your needs.
Integrating the latest technology
At PlannerScape we mainly use Amazon Web Services (AWS) for our technology infrastructure. We decided to use AWS for two main reasons. Firstly, at the time of the decision, we already had extensive experience with AWS services in-house and AWS happens to offer most of the necessary technology to fit our needs. Secondly, the aforesaid would not be enough reason by itself, of course, and that’s why we make sure to keep up to date on competitive technologies.
One way we do that is by attending events and meeting people. I recently had the pleasure to attend Microsoft Ignite | The Tour conference in Hong Kong. I was impressed by the organization of the event and the quality of the sessions. While much smaller in setup than Amazon’s Re:Invent in Las Vegas and Google’s Cloud Next In San Francisco, there were plenty of interesting sessions at this free roadshow event and we’ve got some good inspiration for new features for PlannerScape.
One of these Microsoft sessions covered “actionable messages,” which is a relatively new concept in Outlook (introduced in 2017). Actionable messages are email messages that contain dynamic content which changes as you take an action directly in the email message when you read an email in Outlook (desktop or online). Instead of having to look up if you have taken a certain action on an email, an actionable message provides the buttons or input fields to do so right away. Such buttons do not open a separate browser but provide feedback immediately and in context. This saves time and prevents distractions so you can keep focus on your tasks. We look forward to incorporating this and other new technologies in PlannerScape soon.
COMMUNITY CONTEST: Tell us how you manage your tasks!
We design PlannerScape with users in mind, and we want to know how PlannerScape can work better for you.
Everyone has their own method of doing things smarter and faster to keep life organized and productive. What’s yours?
Is it a traditional to-do list, a Kanban board, a bullet journal, or something crazy and unique? Join our community contest and we want to hear from you.
To participate in this contest:
Describe your ideal planning methodology in 300 – 500 words (include up to 5 images if necessary). Be sure to answer the three questions below in your submission.
- How does it work?
- How much time does it save you?
- A name for the idea, insight or method. If it’s an existing method or a variation of it, include the original name. If it’s your own idea, devise a name for this new method.
Please paste your entry directly in the email body.
Please send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org before 1st May 2019 at 5 pm Hong Kong time.
We’ll be awarding 1500 PLAN tokens for the most original and insightful submission.
These PLAN tokens can be used in PlannerScape or exchanged at a secondary crypto exchange when available. By participating, you allow us to use your idea and the name you propose in publications or in PlannerScape itself.
We thank you in advance for participating in this contest. We regret that we will not be in touch with all participants. We will announce the winner on social media and be in touch with individual participants directly.
By Maarten Swemmer, CTO