How Copilot Can be Used in Project Management?

Project Management

Microsoft’s Copilot, an AI-powered assistant is integrated into various Microsoft applications, and it is transforming Project Portfolio Management. With Microsoft’s announcement of Microsoft Copilot in their last Microsoft Ignite Summit, we have eagerly awaited to put it to the test and understand its full capabilities when it comes to work management as well as technology development.

Microsoft’s Copilot can aid in Project Portfolio Management by providing actionable insights, automating routine tasks, facilitating real-time collaboration, and improving reporting and visualisation. By leveraging these capabilities, project managers can make more informed decisions, improve project outcomes, and drive efficiency improvements.

Microsoft Copilot can automate routine and repetitive tasks such as scheduling meetings, sending reminders, and generating status reports. This automation not only saves time but also ensures consistency and accuracy in project management processes. It can also aid in the creation of project tasks to ensure that all tasks are planned and assigned the correct resources.

  • Example: Automating the generation of weekly status reports through Microsoft Copilot in PowerPoint to allow project managers to focus on more strategic activities, improving overall productivity and decision-making quality.

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Real-Time Collaboration and Communication

Integrated within Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Copilot facilitates real-time collaboration by providing instant access to project documents, updates, and communications. It can also summarise meeting notes and highlight key action items, ensuring that all team members are aligned and informed.

  • Example: During project meetings, Microsoft Copilot can transcribe discussions and summarise key points and decisions, allowing team members to revisit important details and ensuring that nothing is overlooked​. Track project progress through Microsoft Copilot through Microsoft Teams to create channel activities to stay up-to-date on project team progress.

Enhanced Reporting and Visualisation

Microsoft Copilot assists in creating detailed and visually appealing reports and dashboards through Microsoft Power BI. These reports can be tailored to meet the specific needs of different stakeholders, providing them with clear and actionable insights into project progress and performance.

  • Example: Project managers can use Microsoft Copilot to generate customised dashboards that highlight key performance indicators (KPIs) and project metrics, making it easier to communicate project status to executives and stakeholders.

Overview of Microsoft Copilot for Power BI

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Risk Management in Project Portfolio Management

By analysing historical data and identifying trends, Microsoft Copilot can help project managers anticipate and mitigate risks. It can provide early warnings about potential issues and recommend corrective actions, reducing the likelihood of project failures.

  • Example: Microsoft Copilot can flag potential risks such as resource shortages or budget overruns early in the project lifecycle, allowing managers to take preventive measures and adjust plans accordingly​.

Intelligent Chat-Feature

The chat format with Microsoft Copilot allows Project Managers to ask questions and get help creating task plans, risk assessments, and status reports. Microsoft Copilot generates contextual answers based on user questions and data available to create a seamless and personalised experience.

  • Example: Understand your average project budget for all projects in your portfolio by asking Microsoft Copilot. Project Managers can look to surface how data from multiple data tables automatically through Microsoft Copilot.

Automatically Create Views in your Power Apps

Microsoft Copilot enables efficient data querying to create customised views from your project data. This functionality is essential for project managers who need to extract specific data insights from large datasets to make informed decisions. The Copilot assists in simplifying complex queries, automating the retrieval process, and generating visual representations of data that can be tailored to meet specific project requirements.

  • Example: Project Managers can create views of project tasks assigned to a set Project Manager that are past their due date to identify risks to project delivery.

Accurate data is crucial for effective use of Microsoft Copilot within Project Portfolio Management. Without precise and up-to-date information, decision automation, reporting and recommendations can become inaccurate or outdated for your project portfolio.

Microsoft Copilot integrates with the Microsoft Technology Stack to analyse and pull from Microsoft Dataverse; investing in Project Portfolio Management Solutions that integrate with Dataverse is essential in creating a robust data platform to integrate with Microsoft Copilot. Before using Microsoft Copilot to its full potential, understanding your data sources and project processes to ensure accurate data for Microsoft Copilot to draw upon is essential to AI integration.

We have built a Project Portfolio Management Accelerator, iCoPlan, on the Microsoft Power Platform that is designed to be configured to your individual requirements. Believing that every organisation should have access to the right technology that works for their processes, we pride ourselves in our consultative approach to ensure that you get the most from new and old technologies such as Microsoft Copilot. Working with your teams to ensure your Project Portfolio data is accurate through automation and processes first, we look to embed the foundations of data accuracy to optimise your use of Microsoft Copilot.

See iCoPlan in Action

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Implementing iCoPlan offers numerous benefits that can transform your project and portfolio management practices through unified project management tools:

  • Accuracy: By centralising data, iCoPlan eliminates discrepancies and ensures that all information is accurate and up-to-date.
  • Efficiency: Automated reporting and streamlined processes save time and reduce the administrative burden on project teams.
  • Collaboration: A unified platform enhances communication and collaboration, leading to better teamwork and more effective project execution.
  • Optimisation: With a single view of all project and portfolio activities through integrated project management tools, organisations can optimise their processes and resource allocation, ensuring projects are delivered on time and within budget.

By centralising disjointed project management tools into one cohesive platform, iCoPlan addresses the key project management challenges and improves overall portfolio management. This leads to enhanced accuracy, efficiency, and collaboration, enabling organisations to optimise their processes and achieve better project outcomes.

We invite you to see firsthand how iCoPlan can transform your project management practices. Discover the benefits of a centralised view and learn how to optimise your processes for greater efficiency and effectiveness. Request a personalised demo today to explore how iCoPlan can meet your specific needs.

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