Solving the challenges we face at Buffer has always brought us to some unique places.
Recently, we just wrapped up our 7th Buffer retreat. As our distributed team from corners all around the globe prepared to meet up in Hawaii, we thought one thing that we could improve would be a way of letting everyone on the team know where things are happening—and when.
In the past we’ve used Facebook Messenger to share plans, locations and reminders amongst the team. But now that we’ve grown to 70+ teammates, we’re a bit too large for Messenger to handle. We needed a new solution.
Identifying the need for an app
Staying lean: Creating our core list of features
Designing and streamlining our idea
The themes and flows for the user, though, remained as consistent as each platform would allow. For instance, adding an activity looks like this on Android:
Development: Borrowing from our codebase for speed
Over on Android, Marcus was able to do the same thing:
The final stretch: Seeing it through
Putting it to the test: Time for the retreat!
What we learned: Move as fast as possible, but not faster
Over to you