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Microsoft Project Sprints 

 May 15, 2023

By  Dave Litten

Microsoft Project Sprints

How we manage projects has progressed to include approaches for plan-driven projects with defined scope and adaptive projects where the scope can evolve along the way.

Microsoft Project can support both approaches.

The latest Microsoft Project supports both approaches and is so versatile that it can support hybrid projects (using both plan-driven and adaptive methods) within the same project.

Microsoft Project Sprints

More projects are being used for knowledge work with evolving deliverables over the project lifecycle.

Waterfall projects are still needed, but the way projects are managed has progressed to include approaches for both plan-driven projects (defined scope), and adaptive projects (evolving scope during project progress)

What is a sprint in a Microsoft project?

A Sprint is a time box or time interval to accomplish work. A Sprint usually lasts one week, two weeks, or four weeks. Sprint projects keep the sprint durations the same throughout the project.

A fundamental difference between a sprints project and a plan-driven or waterfall project is that the scope is fixed with a waterfall project, and you estimate how long it will take to accomplish that scope.

In a Sprint project, there are fixed time boxes, and you estimate how much work you can accomplish in a time box.

Sprints are used within the Scrum framework and integrate perfectly with Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project Sprints

Microsoft sprint planning board and sprint planning sheet.

It is simple in Microsoft Project to set up a sprints project. You set your Sprint length, select the start date, add as many sprints as needed, and simply click the OK button.

How to add sprints to a Microsoft project?

Sprint projects use different views than planned-driven projects. Rather than Gantt charts, network diagrams, and calendars, sprint projects use views for product backlogs and sprints.

There are two ways to work with sprint projects: a Sprint sheet or a Sprint board.

What is a sprint in ms project?

You can customise what you want on a sprint board while adding as many columns as possible.

Microsoft project sprint planning and scrum board

Several filters are specific for scrum/sprints projects, Including only showing active tasks in the backlog, in the current Sprint, tasks in progress, and information relevant to just one Sprint.

You can also use tables to arrange data. The Sprint planning and the current Sprint tables have fields relevant to Sprint work, status, resource names, and deadlines.

You can also sort these fields based on the status of each task.

Another good way to organise and view your data is by grouping it, and you can do this for sprint projects’ board status, priority, and Sprint name.

If you want to master using Microsoft Project for Scrum, Kanban or Hybrid projects, check out our Microsoft Project for Sprints, Kanban, and Hybrid Projects Video Masterclass.

Microsoft Project For Scrum, Kanban And Hybrid Projects Masterclass

Projex Academy’s Microsoft Project for Sprints, Kanban, and Hybrid Projects Video Masterclass shows you exactly how to manage such projects in just fourteen easy steps, complete with accompanying Handbook

  • Module 1 New Scrum Overview
  • Module 2 Scrum Commitments
  • Module 3 Scrum Roles and Responsibilities
  • Module 4 Product Roadmap, Backlog and Planning
  • Module 5 Sprints and Kanban (Task Board)
  • Module 6 Sprint Reviews and Retrospectives
  • Module 7 Microsoft Project and Scrum
  • Module 8 Setting up a Sprints Project – Part ONE
  • Module 9 Setting up a Sprints Project – Part TWO
  • Module 10 Task Information and User Stories – Part ONE 
  • Module 11 Task Information and User Stories – Part TWO
  • Module 12 Hybrid Projects
  • Module 13 Tracking a Sprints Project
  • Module 14 Reporting a Sprints Project
  • Not only do you get detailed explanation slide decks, but you ALSO get clear live presentations of MS Project in action!

Microsoft Project for Scrum, Kanban and Hybrid Projects Masterclass

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Microsoft Project For Scrum, Kanban And Hybrid Projects

The way projects are managed has progressed in recent years to include approaches for both plan-driven projects (projects with defined scope), and adaptive projects (projects where the scope will evolve as the project progresses).

Better yet, the latest Microsoft Project not only supports both approaches, but is versatile enough that it can support hybrid projects (those that use both plan-driven and adaptive approaches) within the same project.

But what about the use of Kanban boards? No worries, Microsoft project also includes such ‘demand-driven’ approaches.

  • Instant Access for Members
  • Current Syllabus for SCUM, KANBAN and HYBRID
  • All the videos are HD streaming
  • Handbook is downloadable
  • Annual Access
  • Easy to follow course

Dave Litten


Dave spent 25+ years as a senior project manager for UK and USA multinationals and has deep experience in project management. He now develops a wide range of Project Management Masterclasses, under the Projex Academy brand name. In addition, David runs project management training seminars across the world, and is a prolific writer on the many topics of project management.

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