Taking the hassle out of rota planning for SMEs

The Challenge

Breathe came to ASquared to develop an application for industries requiring an effective and easy to use shift management tool as an extension to their existing product. Key requirements included the ability to create planners and workers of various role types working shifts in different locations. This was required to be seen by all user types in one place.

The Role

Working collaboratively with the client's internal teams we created, mapping out the  user journeys. This was followed by full designs for both the web app and the mobile native app working to an existing product design language. React development was used to take the product from concept to production in just four months for the web app, through rapid weekly iterations.

The Solution

Breathe HR approached us in Spring 2020 with a requirement to create a mobile-first companion app to the the existing 'Rota' web app we had developed. Our Design and Discovery Team worked to understand the priorities of not only the business but the latent needs of the end-users. Our designers worked on an iterative model of constructing user flows through to designing wireframes. Our main task was to streamline the process of a staff member receiving and accepting new shift requests.

After finalising, testing and validating the userflow's, the design team began ideating concepts for the layout of the UI. The team worked through skeleton wireframes to establish the design layout, ensure accessibility and test ideas. The chosen wireframes were designed out into four "key-screens" utilising the design language from the Rota Web-app we had worked on previously. Once the client was happy with the direction of the designs, the design team got to work building out the full supply of UI screens.

The app was developed using React Native. React Native is a JavaScript mobile app development library that enables developers to write one codebase and deploy to both iOS and Android mobile devices. Using React Native, it meant our team could build the Rota app for both iOS and Android in less than 12 weeks ready for market launch.

Breathe Rota enables you to make the shift from spreadsheets and wall charts to enable the streamlining of shift-planning and rota distribution. Breathe Rota is built, designed and optimised for time-pressured SME's.  You can create and share rotas with your team using this simple, effective and easy-to-use tool.

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