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Team Templates

A team template!! Much like sharepoint document site or site templates that contain a specific layout and set of documents this would be amazing for a team template. We could deploy a team for each project we had that had a preset assignment of planner tasks and documents attached to it and a preset of channels that goes with that team. Could really make a big difference in the way we deploy and use teams.

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is an absolute must for us too. We will have a set of teams across the business who need to setup a number of channels for each project team they're working on. If this could be done via powershell or a template feature within the gui it would be great.

      • Craig Difiori commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It would be usueful if you could customise the tabs that are added by default when a new channel is created. Currently we have to add the planner and Onenote tab each time we start new channel for a project. Would be much easier and save time if we could set-up our own template for what tabs are contained when a channel is created.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I second the vote for the ability to template a channel. We are now using Teams for IT Maintenance window activities. There is a common set of documents we use for each Maintenance Window and having to create them each time is kind of a pain.

      • Franz Mltnr commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        That comes down to even a bigger template topic: a groups templating engine - a group may or may not have a team, the team of teh group may have certain channels, the planner(s) assigned have certain tasks prepopulated, the sharepoint site is preconfigured in a certain way (which lists and libraries, which content types, etc)

      • TStanwood commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Team Templates are important for our Franchisees. We need the ability to create a Team Template. We would create prepopulated training in OneNote, Planner, for instance, would have tasks for the launch of the Franchise, We would create channels for the franchisee, e.g., Marketing, Products, etc. Then with a click of a button, we need the ability to add this Team Template to the New Team we create.

      • TStanwood commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Team Templates are important for our Franchisees. We need the ability to create a Team Template. We would have prepopulated training in OneNote, Planner, for instance, would have tasks for the launch of the Franchise, We would have channels for the franchisee, e.g., Marketing, Products, etc. Then with a click of a button we need the ability to add this Team Template to the New Team we create.

      • Kirk commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The ability to define and provision a Team as well as channels, connectors etc. within it are a critical aspect of making this useful for team based engagements such as bids, projects and support teams. In organisations where the engagements are starting up regularly and follow the same management or methodology users shouldn't have to repeatedly do the same configuration activities before they can start working effectively. Support for template based provisioning is essential in these scenarios.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        My implementation project has several hundred line items and dozens of documents. I need to be able to reuse this and not start over each time

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree fully.
        Should we use this IRL as an alternative to group sites, you must have the ability to apply custom templates

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is a key requirement to make this fully useful for project work. Solutions like Zoho Projects already have this and it's one of the main reasons we switched to using it and a reason we don't currently use Planner. Many projects start with a set of tasks and documents, having to create say 100 tasks each time you start a new marketing campaign or customer project is tedious, time consuming, and risks tasks being missed - to be able to create a new Team for say a customer project and choose a template which brings in all the standard documents and tasks as a starting point, which you then edit for any project specifics, makes it a much more useable solution.

      • Andrew Bower commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        When using files, it would be great to setup either a default folder set or be able to automatically copy the folder layout from another channel. We are using Channels to represent projects and each project will need the same basic folder set so a copy/paste mechanism would make that go a lot faster when you are setting up a lot of channels/Projects
        * as an aside - this product is great, and is really going to be the killer app for Office365 it solves the consolidation problem in a nice clean way.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Would like to have a template for some channels as they will require the same tabs and programs

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