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
The only way to describe this would be "It has been and still is fun to work with". It's a great piece of software, and once you get used to its logic you will be able to do great things - and by great things I mean measure exactly how much you sell your services for and how much resources you are actually using. This, plus see employee performance, project performance, you can create custom fields to cover for any special requirement.
- Integrations and API - An excellent Salesforce bridge is available and can be fully customised (if you know Java!). You also get other connectors for Jira, Slack, and an API that allows you to do virtually anything. - Integrated GoodData reporting - If you are technical enough you can improve your workflows by adding custom fields and creating custom metrics. I used this solution to monitor the performances of the entire Professional Services team at Emarsys. - The software itself is essentially like Microsoft Project but online and with conversations & invoices generation - you can manage anything from a very small and basic project to a massive 2 years project thanks to the versatile task management interface. GANTT charts are available and, of course, if you know how to use GoodData you can dig even further into the project reports. - Resourcing wise it has a Master Planning tool which looks a bit like Resource Guru but completely integrated with the software, so you are really buying the full package with Mavenlink.
I believe the biggest flaw in Mavenlink is the absence of a "real" administrator. Essentially, you can be an admin but if a project is set to "Invitation only" you cannot join it unless someone invites you. So being a Mavenlink admin is not like being a Jira admin where you can do anything you want, you are more of a "open projects administrator". The workaround is to have an integration user creating the projects and a good integration with your CRM that allows you to update fields that would be otherwise not accessible. Mind that you can still remove the integration user from the project, and at that point the only way to re-enter the project is to ask the project lead to invite you. This should clear any security concerns, if your projects require extreme privacy.
Likelihood to recommend: 8/10
We implemented Mavenlink specifically to disabuse our organization of several disparate systems we were using for tracking time, task-level project management, and reporting on specific measurements/metrics like utilization, margin and capacity saturation so that we could improve operational efficiencies. We've found that the tool is very flexible, has some great native reporting capabilities that become exceptional when coupled with the Business Insights add-on, it integrates well to SalesForce, it has given us a much better ability to manage projects for clients as well as internal product development projects, and it provides us with much better capabilities toward planning organizational growth and managing to margin at the business unit level down to the project level. While there are still some glitches/issues with the Gantt views, and there are still things we wish it did better, Mavenlink has proven itself to be an exceptionally valuable (and very cost-effective) management tool; the company is consistently providing updates that are meaningful and adding value with subsequent releases that clearly indicate a willingness to listen to the voice of the customer in new feature requests. Overall, I'm personally very impressed with the software, given my team's requirements and unique operational environment.
Flexible, provides the ability to set up multiple templates for different types of projects, supports T&M and Fixed Fee contract types, integrates to SalesForce, provides multiple views toward project status, continually adding new features and capabilities
Gantt charts are still in need of a lot of work and help. Still buggy, no user-defined view preferences can be saved.
Likelihood to recommend: 9/10
We've been using MavenLink for over a year now and we are constantly learning new and better ways to utilise all the tools it has to offer. We use it as our core method of communication with our clients, it helps to have all the information in one place. The Time tracking tool is easy to use and we are hoping to take full advantage of the Resource Allocation and Gantt chart in the near future
- So many options and ways to customise each feature - Time tracking tool is very easy to use, our team prefers it over what we have had in the past - Custom reporting, especially weekly project reports, have upped our client communication game. Our Clients appreciate the extra level of transparency and it has helped us prevent a lot of surprises when the invoice is sent out. - Resource Allocation and Gantt chart really help when it comes to Project Planning.
- It's really difficult to see WHO is responsible for a task if multiple people are assigned to it. This is a problem when you are looking at a project and want to see who is responsible for what from 30,000 feet. Instead, you need to go to that specific task and read through the comments to see where it stands. There are a few workarounds for it, but then all involved extra work and monitoring to make sure everyone using the system is doing so correctly. - There doesn't seem to be a way to edit a comment once you post it - You can't customise the status options for the different tasks, so something is either in progress, not started, needs information, or completed. It doesn't really let you customise it to follow your workflows.
Likelihood to recommend: 8/10
I have been using Mavenlink as the primary account administrator for two different companies over the course of four years. The suite has proven to be an integral tool in my everyday professional life within the Marketing industry. It allows my teams to see only what they need to primarily be involved with for any particular day and clears away other clutter they may not be associated with. However, most importantly, it allows many different views when it comes to upcoming work capacity and profitability. This is the feature we were primarily after when signing up for Mavenlink. The instant-update gantt charts allow us to see both all of our current projects and each individual project. This, in addition to the robust resource management tools that are constantly being improved, as enabled our Production team to kick project input and scheduling into overdrive! Our Copy and Design teams love the real-time proofing module as well. The comparison tools are really slick.
Depth of data analysis and business intelligence, gantt charts, deep task detail options, resource scheduling tools, built-in expense and budget tracking
There is an intermediate learning curve and may come across as immediately complex to the uninitiated creative. However, 10-15 minutes of poking around and taking advantage of the learning tools and startup tutorials offered by Mavenlink's stellar customer service program will address this minor concern. Mavenlink is a fantastically powerful information source, and with that power comes some proper approach and learning. It's all intuitive, though!
Likelihood to recommend: 10/10
Mavenlink offers several plans to meet your needs. Choose from basic project management to complete PSA with advanced BI. Try any plan for free today!
Mavenlink Teams: Collaborative Task Management
$19/month for five users, additional users $4/month (paid annually)
Mavenlink Professional: Project Management with Financials
$39/month per user (annual contract)
Mavenlink Premier / Enterprise: Professional Services Automation
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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.