Interview

Centralizing Data & Managing Projects with Minneapolis College of Art & Design

”Mavenlink helps us aggregate our project communication, tasks, and deliverables all in one place. Having a centralized place for this data is incredibly valuable to us.” - Aaron Hecker, Lead Help Desk Specialist of Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Q: Sean Crafts (Mavenlink Co-Founder) - Can you tell us a little about your business?

A: Aaron Hecker - Minneapolis College of Art and Design is a private, non-profit college with 750 students. Our curriculum relies very heavily on technology. As a result, we manage dozens of IT projects throughout the school year and many more during summer months.

Q: Sean - How did you find Mavenlink?

A: Aaron - We were looking for any type of [project management software](http://www.mavenlink.com). We discovered Mavenlink because we wanted to leverage our Google Apps for Education infrastructure to minimize development, implementation, and support time making a project management package work.

Q: Sean - How has Mavenlink helped your business?

A: Aaron - Mavenlink helps us aggregate our project communication, tasks and deliverables all in one place. Having a centralized place for this data is incredibly valuable to us. Mavenlink puts a nice skin on this information storehouse and it is easy to work with.

Q: Sean - What do your clients, consultants, and fellow co-workers say about Mavenlink?

A: Aaron - Many of my colleagues like the software, but some feel it is too communication-focused and that the meat of the project (task management) is too small given its importance.

**[Sean: Luckily, updates to the Project Tracker are underway and will be rolled out this summer.]**

Q: Sean - Please explain the Results of using Mavenlink and Google Apps.

A: Aaron - We utilize the Google Apps integration with Google Docs, Calendar, Gmail, Groups, and a few other Apps in our day to day. Having Mavenlink integrated with Calendar has been incredibly helpful for us. We will often times provide a link to Google Docs within our projects and sometimes utilize the project space email for communication tracking.

Q: Sean - Anything else you want to tell us?

A: Aaron - I'm happy with the software. After using it for a few months, I have some feature requests which would substantially improve the ease of use in our environment. I will be submitting these shortly.

[Sean: Glad to hear. We love getting user feedback. Just submit all requests to our Help Center where our Product & Engineering Team aggregate all requests.]

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