Manage team leave with Slack.

Managing team leave can be a mess of spreadsheets, email chains and general headaches. We launched LeeveBot to solve that problem!

Over the past 3 years we’ve tried various ways on managing staff leave, so we set out to find 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 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

Building your own product to manage staff leave is no simple task, and we quickly realised what we were taking on as we started planning and outlining our technical specification. We had to work out a sensible strategy that allowed us to get to market relatively quickly.

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, for example, a web interface, native mobile app and obviously a Slack integration. It would also pave the way for us to open our API up to the community in the future.

Deciding on Slack

We then decided that the first step (other than deciding on a name — side note naming your product is a royal pain in the ass) would be to launch as a Slack app.

We use Slack every day and love it, by building around what can be done with Slack allowed us to stay focused 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.

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