I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Bart Jarman of Metis Design Group. Metis is a group of design professionals who have come together to create amazing websites that really work. The Metis team believe strongly that the future of the internet is mobile with more and more customers searching for businesses on their phones, tablets or other mobile device.
Q: Sean Crafts (Mavenlink Co-Founder) - Can you tell us a little about your business?
A: Bart Jarman - Metis Design Group specializes in responsive design websites. These are websites that "respond" to whatever type of device is viewing them and provide a readable, positive interaction with the user, with a minimum of panning, zooming or squinting at "micro text". More and more people are browsing the internet via their smartphones, and for the most part, most websites are terrible. They load slow and are hard to navigate. Metis designs websites so they load fast and are easy to navigate, no matter what device is being used.
Q: Sean - How did you find Mavenlink?
A: Bart Jarman - We were looking for something to replace Google Wave, which we had been using to manage IT projects. We spent time with a couple of Google Apps products before we stumbled on Mavenlink for our online project management.
Q: Sean - How would you describe Mavenlink to a colleague in one sentence or less?
A: Bart Jarman - Mavenlink is an online "hub" where you can manage team members (especially remote ones), track hours, outline tasks and generally keep any project organized.
Q: Sean - What pain points has Mavenlink solved for your business?
A: Bart Jarman - It has made utilizing outside contractors to help on projects very easy. They can check in, view project goals (without access to all of our other projects), log time and generate invoices.
Q: Sean - What do your clients/customers, consultants, and fellow co-workers say about Mavenlink?
A: Bart Jarman- So far the feedback has been very positive. One of our primary programmers signed up for his own account right after we started using it.
Q: Sean - Please explain the results of using Mavenlink and Google Apps.
A: Bart Jarman -We haven't used all of the functionality that Google Apps could offer together with Mavenlink. Mostly some shared Google contact information is all at this point. We expect that will increase over time.
Q: Sean - What Mavenlink feature(s) could you not live without?
A: Bart Jarman - We use time tracking more than anything else.
Q: Sean - Anything else you want to tell us?
A: Bart Jarman - Having a web-based project management solution has been critical. With so many things going on, it really helps to be able to track projects via a simple browser tab. When something happens that I need to know, there are email notifications that I can customize. The project workspace is clean and easy to understand. We even use a separate project just for milestone announcements to senior staff; they don't care about the nuts and bolts, but like being able to log into the project and see major accomplishments.
To learn more, visit Metis Design Group's website at metisdesigngroup.com.