Interview

Real Estate Project Management with the GoodLife Team

”The Mavenlink and Google Apps integration means that our team can save time by not trying to work in a project management tool that is an island from their other commitments.” - Jack Miller, Chief Technology Officer at GoodLife Team
 

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

A: Jack Miller - The GoodLife Team is a residential real estate company in Austin, Texas.  We've been recognized nationally for our use of technology in real estate, and were recently profiled by Apple as an iPad Power User in small business.  We are regularly recognized by our customers as having a superior level of service with a high-tech approach to marketing and selling homes in Austin.

Q: Sean - How did you find Mavenlink?

A: Jack - We reviewed 4 different online project management applications for the company, and Mavenlink stood out.  The feature set was a great fit for us, and the full integration with Google Apps was a huge plus.

Q: Sean - What pain points has Mavenlink solved for your business?

A: Jack - Many of our projects are the same type of project, so the ability for us to template the projects for re-use is a huge time saver.  Also, we do use a lot of external contractors (web designers, graphics designers, software developers) so the ability to track the cost or our projects while we're executing - instead of waiting for all the invoices to roll it - is a huge pain point we're solving.

Finally, the ability to see all deliverables and tasks across the team in a comprehensive manner is a life saver.  The only think I wish we could see more effectively is time estimation and resource utilization - it's hard to tell accurately when our team is "fully booked" and we need to move deliverables around.

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

A: Jack - They're impressed with how we organized we are becoming with Mavenlink.  

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

A: Jack - We use Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Docs.  The Google Apps integration means that our team can save time by not trying to work in a project management tool that is an island from their other commitments, which are usually on their calendar.  

Q: Sean - Anything else you want to tell us or features you’d like to see?

A: Jack - One of the best things for us is being able to track our staff time on projects that we do recurrently so we can develop real cost estimates on recurring projects that we do, like marketing a home for sale.  Having the templates and time tracking together lets us develop our process so it is fast and efficient.
 
The GoodLife Team can be found on Facebook and Twitter, and you can contact GoodLife Team directly on their website. They are located at 1114 E. Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78702.
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