Mavenlink: A Masterful Tool for Project Managementhttps://www.trustradius.com/project-managementMavenlinkUnspecified8.1561012019-08-02T17:03:33.642Z
August 02, 2019
Mavenlink: A Masterful Tool for Project Management
Score 10 out of 101
Overall Satisfaction with Mavenlink
Mavenlink is used across our entire organization. We use it as a project management tool. We manage monthly, recurring marketing projects/services as well as one time, web development projects. Mavenlink helps us manage budgets and timelines in real time as well as resource scheduling. Mavenlink also provides insights into our bottom line and helps us project future needs to continue growing our business.
- Real time view of budgets/burn rate
- Time entry is easy
- Integrates well with Google Drive
- Provides a central location for all project information
- Checklist items need to be checked off before a task can be marked complete
- Would love a more visual way to create and manage tasks for staff that work better in a visual environment
- Integration with Trello
- Easier to enter time into tasks/projects (estimate 5 hours/week used per Project Manager & 2 hours/week used for other staff clocking in and out prior to Mavenlink)
- Real time view of budgets/burn rates (estimate 2 hours/project of time used to see burn rates per project prior to Mavenlink)
- Better insights into estimating project costs (Having a real time view of budgets has helped us improve our estimations and see a better ROI on projects.)
I think Mavenlink is the most robust and best project management tool out there for an organization like ours. However, some of our staff feel like it isn't as user-friendly as it could be. From a Director point of view or a Project Manager point of view, Mavenlink is exceptional. From the point of view of a task-doer, it could be more visually appealing. Also, the mobile version isn't great.
Mavenlink support is fantastic! Any issues that arise are always handled quickly and efficiently. Granted, we haven't had many issues to report. Typically, my team tends to only reach out to support if they need assistance remembering how to do something or asking about an improvement. We had Mavenlink build an integration when we first started using the software, and the support team worked hard to listen and improve the integration.
While Trello is very visual, it doesn't have the same, robust abilities that Mavenlink has for time-tracking, burn rates, and timelines. My design and development teams love the visual aspects of Trello for QA and for Content Layout of website builds, but Trello lacks all the things that Mavenlink provides for managing a project from start to finish. Smartsheet is basically a glorified spreadsheet system and doesn't come close to comparing to Mavenlink. Asana is okay for managing issues/bugs but isn't as robust as Mavenlink.
Before Mavenlink, our organization used several disconnected softwares to manage time, budgets, tasks, etc. We wasted so much time trying to find and connect time entries to project budgets and were constantly going over budgets but not knowing early enough to keep it from happening. Mavenlink has made our organization more efficient and has helped us deliver projects on time and within budget.