Overall, using Mavenlink has been great - it has made a very positive impact on day-to-day functions as a business. I would recommend it highly to agencies for its flexibility and extensive functionality to manage resources and projects.
The reporting functionality Mavenlink offers is extensive and has enabled us to get much better visibility to our project, program, portfolio and resourcing data. Which in turn has allowed us to set/adjust our KPI/KRIs and better inform business decisions with the data we have available. In using Mavenlink how it's meant to be used, not only have we improved our business practices but our PMO has gained valuable insight into important aspects of the business that were previously siloed. The fact that Mavenlink actually continues to improve its platform based on user feedback is a massive plus, as new functionality becomes available to better utilize the platform.
There are some small (very small in most cases) problems we have with some functionality i.e. the naming/categorization of metrics in the reporting suite could be clearer, when approving/rejecting timesheets, adding a comment to a specific entry would be preferable, rather than the comment being published to all entries.
Likelihood to recommend: 9/10
Overall, I've been very happy with Mavenlink. While it might not be the least expensive software out there, it's very robust so you definitely get a great bang with your buck. Their customer service is top notch - I always get a quick response when I reach out whether through support or through my CSR. Mavenlink made me more efficient at my job. Before Mavenlink, I was having to reconcile budgets to know project health by using 3 or 4 different systems (one for time tracking, one for task management, one for schedules/resource allocation, and another for the project information). Mavenlink has saved me so much time, and it's easy for me to look back at projects and learn from them for future projects.
Mavenlink gives me a real-time view of project burn rates, utilization (billable vs. non-billable), and makes the life of a project manager so much easier. Being able to quickly look over all projects to check the burn rates (if it's green then it's good; if it's red then it's bad) saves me so much time.
Like any software there is some give and take. The only thing I would like added is the ability to make overall project budgets and resource allocations repeat each month like my tasks do. However, the entire task repeater part that we use was an integration that we negotiated to have built for us when we originally contracted with Mavenlink.
Likelihood to recommend: 10/10
Useful overall, but the more time I spend with it the more I realize it is missing some key functionality that would save a lot of time. It's much more difficult to update a project in Mavenlink than past systems I've used, and I think there are some beneficial tweaks that could be made
From an ease of use standpoint, time entry and project creation is fairly straightforward. It's also nice to have access to so many reporting features, although I imagine that's even more valued by the leadership team rather than staff.
Three major issues stand out to me and my colleagues: 1- the software is very slow at times, and the more time I spend making edits to a project the longer it takes. In some cases, the lag is so bad that a task that should take 10 minutes ends up taking 30 since I wait so long for the system respond. The more tasks and individuals assigned to a project, the worse it is. Customer service suggested I delete my cache, but this was a temporary and fairly ineffective solution 2- It'd be great to have a simple place where I can see exactly how many hours a team member has on a project. Right now, we can only see time assigned to individual tasks, and then need to calculate the total manually 3- When tasks get extended or shortened, it'd be great to have a way to have Mavenlink automatically distribute time accordingly. For example, if I have 1 hour assigned for a 1-week long task, it'd be nice if I could automatically change this to 30min/week if that task were extended to being 2 weeks long. I know time can move automatically if the gantt is updated, but that only works if the task stays the same duration and hasn't started yet. Other systems offer this feature
Likelihood to recommend: 5/10
Nice tool with powerful reporting that needs significant improvement on usability.
Robust reporting, integration to NetSuite, hierarchical team management, Activity feed
Ease of use needs significant improvement. Needs user configurable workflows and fields. User roles and security have no flexibility. Interface and reporting designed by someone who never has to use the application to run their day.
Likelihood to recommend: 7/10
Although it took a while to get everything configured just right, once in place, Mavenlink has allowed our team to be more efficient, better project managers, and client communicators.
Our company has some unique business practices that makes most out-of-the-box platforms difficult to use. Mavenlink is customizable without being overly difficult to set up. It also has a powerful reporting engine that allows us to slice and dice our data with custom reporting.
Getting support on reporting needs will cost money, and the in-house support staff at Mavenlink has limited know-how (or allowance) to help with this. Client (non-paying) users are unable to see project budget and time burned.
Likelihood to recommend: 8/10
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Mavenlink Teams: Collaborative Task Management
$19/month for five users, additional users $4/month (paid annually)
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$39/month per user (annual contract)
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Growing a business requires more than just a good strategy and a keen financial sense. It requires the right tools. Mavenlink is a cloud-based solution that combines advanced project management, resource planning, collaboration, and financial tools into a single platform. With detailed time tracking, expense management, and budget management features, business owners can improve both productivity and profitability.
Mavenlink’s integrated business and project management software enables businesses of all types and sizes to stay in control throughout the complete lifecycle of their projects. Service businesses can take advantage of enterprise-grade software, with advanced features for team collaboration, task management, file sharing, time and expense management, and Gantt timeline management.
At its core, Mavenlink is a tool for helping businesses focus on growth. The platform’s advanced project management, financial management, timeline management, resource management, and analytics and reporting features all serve the common purpose of enabling users to run their organizations with enterprise-level efficiency.
When businesses use Mavenlink, they’re able to work together with anyone, anywhere, at any time. Using the business management software’s emerging technology, organizations are able to run more effectively. This increase in performance output tends to boost profitability, which is always a desired side effect for businesses.
Built for service businesses, Mavenlink is an enterprise-grade business and project management solution that can be used by organizations of all sizes and types. Top industries that use Mavenlink include advertising/marketing, management consulting, IT services, graphic design, architectural and engineering.
When it rains, it pours. Most business professionals are expected to juggle multiple projects simultaneously, without dropping the ball with regard to the important tasks and milestones that must be met to keep clients happy.
Create a new project to get started using Mavenlink, making sure to select whether you’re the provider or the customer in a given setup. You can use project templates to quickly populate a project’s tasks, or add tasks manually. Mavenlink gives you the option to add a due date for the project, and to invite key players within your organizations who are also responsible for working on the project. Only these colleagues will be able to see the details of the project that you have uploaded.
Mavenlink centralizes and prioritizes conversations, activities, and tasks within a unified platform, which means business users can spend more time communicating with one another and less time struggling to stay organized.
Post a message in your Activity Stream to collect contributions from teammates who are working together with you on a project. Mavenlink gives you the option to view all your projects in a global feed or view projects individually in separate project feeds. In addition to posting written comments, you can also attach Google files or upload your own files within an Activity Stream.
Tasks are an incredibly important part of collaborative work, which is why Mavenlink developed a series of task management features for its users. Drag-and-drop prioritization allows companies to re-order tasks based on the level of importance or in order of due dates. Meanwhile, time and budgets are also tracked and reported on the task level.
Click on the Task Tracker tab to view the tasks that have been set up for a specific project you’re working on. In addition to creating basic tasks with due dates and tags, you can create subtasks that add granularity to project tasks and deliverables. Mavenlink allows you to sync your tasks into a convenient location with Google Tasks, as well.
Gantt charts allow businesses to create dependencies between tasks. The visual timelines that users create by enabling Gantt charts help organizations get a better handle on where various projects stand in relation to one another. Gantt charts are especially useful for identifying resources, tasks, and dates at the beginning of a project.
View your Gantt charts to quickly assess the status and progress of any project you’re affiliated with. From the Gantt View, you can define how two tasks are related to one another, and you can assign dependencies. When a project timeline or scope changes, Mavenlink’s “Cascade Changes” feature automatically adjusts all dependent tasks to reflect the changes that have been made.
Mavenlink offers a number of integrations with popular providers. The integrations most frequently taken advantage of by Mavenlink users are those with JIRA, Infusionsoft, FogBugz, QuickBooks Online, Google Apps, PayPal, Salesforce, and Zendesk.
In addition to a free trial plan, Mavenlink offers two tiers of pricing. Organizations that opt for Team accounts can expect to pay $4 per user, per month. Larger businesses will want to consider Premier accounts, with custom pricing options.
Combines project management, resource planning, collaboration, and financial tools.
Helps service businesses improve productivity and profitability.
Detailed time tracking, expense management, and budget management features.
Group collaboration encourages colleagues to stay on task.
Allocate resources to tasks and deliverables.