Managing team leave can be a mess of spreadsheets, email chains and general headaches. We launched Leeve to solve that problem.
The problem with team leave apps
Over the past 3 years we’ve tried various ways of managing staff leave, so we were on constant look out for a tool to help us.
Our wish list was as follows:
- Avoid the use of spreadsheets.
- Work for remote teams.
- Considered design.
- Integrate with Slack.
- Be easy to set up.
- Under £20 a month, ideally.
As expected, there were a few products that fulfilled some of these, but never all. We were left with a choice, either use a product we were not entirely happy with or build our own.
We use Slack every day and love it, by building around what can be done with Slack allowed us to stay focussed on simplicity and core functionality, people are also already familiar with Slack and therefore launching on the app store there would bring in an element of peace of mind knowing our app has gone through the approval system.
Building your own product
We needed a sensible strategy that allowed us to get to market relatively quickly, but building your own product to manage staff leave is no simple task. We quickly realised what we were taking on as we started planning and outlining our technical specification.
We decided to start development with a focus on our core API. We knew that having a strong and well-tested API as a foundation would give us the flexibility to go in any number of directions. We considered a web interface, native mobile app and Slack integration, these solutions would pave the way for us to open our API up to the community in the future.
Deciding on Slack
We use Slack every day and love it. A huge benefit of using Slack for this product was that it allowed us to stay focussed on simplicity and core functionality, keeping the solution simple and effective.
A lot of teams are already familiar with Slack, therefore launching on the App Store would bring in an element of peace of mind to its users, showing them that our app has gone through the approval system.
We built and launched a useful, affordable Slack app that finally ticked all of our boxes.