PlainJoe Studios
Increases Projects
Closing Within Budget by 50% with Mavenlink

THE CHALLENGE

PlainJoe’s continued growth led to teams taking on many different project management solutions from Google Sheets to Intervals. These manual processes resulted in unclear profitability, limited forecasting, and misunderstood project needs.

THE SOLUTION

Data Consolidation

The PlainJoe team’s goal in the project management solution search was to consolidate the functions being fulfilled by many different legacy solutions. Combining scheduling, budgeting, tasking, and time entry all in one system was an especially high priority.

Business Intelligence Support for Resources

As PlainJoe took on contract workers to fulfill increasing demands, the organization began to analyze profitability in detail, but they couldn’t quantify their data for hiring needs. Mavenlink’s Business Intelligence became a critical aid in effectively expanding their team.

Improving Resource Profitability

Mavenlink’s Gantt charts and the ability to tie in accounting data with resources helped PlainJoe Studios better understand its team’s demands through stronger reporting.

THE RESULTS

Supporting the Shift to Remote Work

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, few employees at PlainJoe Studios worked remotely, although the company allowed some flexibility. However, the need for social distancing has led to 95% of team members working from home, but Mavenlink’s resource management has fully supported the change.

Effective Project Budgeting

PlainJoe’s adoption of Mavenlink has led to a major increase in data quality. Since adopting Mavenlink, PlainJoe Studios has seen a 50% increase in projects closing within budget.

Business Intelligence for Staffing Needs

The use of Mavenlink Business Intelligence (BI) in the area of profitability and resource staffing has helped PlainJoe grow from a small organization to a large one. The company was able to bring critical members onboard while preventing layoffs. Specifically, Mavenlink Master Planning has helped the business collaborate and plan more effectively by seeing what tasks are slated and meeting their needs.

Increased Client Satisfaction

Mavenlink BI helped resource managers understand the growth of team member skills and support their ongoing needs. In addition, PlainJoe was able to increase billing rates by 15% to match project margins with the quality of work they provide.

Plainjoe Studios

PlainJoe Studios uses a team of artists, architects, strategists and problem solvers to drive connection, create value and captivate audiences. PlainJoe’s strategic storytelling is focused on defining everything from brand identity to corporate culture.

INDUSTRY Media/Advertising
WHAT MAVENLINK
REPLACED
Smartsheet, Google Sheets, Interval
50 %
INCREASE IN PROJECTS,
CLOSING WITHIN BUDGET
15 %
INCREASE IN BILLING RATES

BENEFITS

  • Improved data insights for project success
  • Enablement of fast shift to remote work
  • 50% increase in projects closing within budget
  • 15% increase in billing rates

“Mavenlink is a lot more intuitive than other project management solutions. As a leader of project managers, it’s proven to be a really great system.”

Kelsey Sibal
Director of Production, PlainJoe Studios

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