Firstbase is a B2B service with a focus is on remote equipment management and logistics.
People who are leaving their job and need to return company equipment
IT / HR professionals managing worker and company equipment
Warehouse and support teams who process the returns for offboardings
Everything was manually tracked and executed on emails and spreadsheets #StartupLife
Humans were driving every step of the process from outreach to pickup arrangement
Workers were at the waiting for our support team’s queue of tickets to even start offboarding
Admins needed to start the processes directly on platform. I conducted feedback sessions with our customers and stakeholders to determine what data points we needed to collect. Date was a major one, along with the actual equipment retrieved.
Given the rules of the design system at the time, this flow to collect relevant data from Admins was put into a multi-step modal. On top of it all, this project had become so large (with all of what needs to be done), several tradeoffs had to be made, including fixing some data inaccuracies.
As a part of wanting to know when returns are completed, Admins were keen to know the condition of their inventory when Firstbase receives them and if there’s anything they need to approve for repairs. Part of this project was including more granular statuses for the return items along with conditions that felt familiar.
Given the cost of work equipment, it is crucial that we confirm certain details with the workers. By turning this into an automated self-serve feature, workers don’t have to wait for our support team to manually reach out.
Building on the foundation of this offboarding house, the team is now measuring the quantitative impact on automating notifications for workers and Firstbasers. We’re also gathering qualitative feedback from customers via CSAT, NPS, and communications through our support teams. Now that the customer-facing features are out, my next adventure was on optimizing and platformizing more of the processes for our Firstbaser teams to better deliver on this service. I worked on retiring even more of the manual emails and spreadsheets used to get this work done 🤖
"Martha brought Offboarding to life! Last August she started working mostly by herself to research the space and bring definition to what the product experience should look like. A lot of people contributed to ship it yesterday, but I wanted to give a special shoutout and thanks to Martha for the creative vision that got it all started." — Ian Cairns, VP of Product & Design
"Martha's combo of empathy, organizational and creative talents produce kick ass creative spaces. Some of the best fun I've had at Firstbase has been dragging stickies around with her in brainstorms she moderates. And it's fun because it works! Watching her take offboarding from concept to reality was a special learning experience for me. I took those learnings into my first Miro mod responsibilities when Martha and I collaborated on Buyouts. Martha's creative talents bring out my own (usually more dormant!) creative side. I think she has that effect on all her colleagues. She's an influencer!" — Neil Fennerty, Operations Manager
"Being her first major project, Martha did an impressive job leading the UX work of the Offboarding project and designing a new feature from scratch. She quickly bonded with all key players internally to ensure that the Ops/CX teams needs are met as much as possible." — Abdullah Aldegaither, Product Manager
"I value how Martha takes feedback for proposed design solutions onboard. Regardless of whether she sees its applicability right away, Martha always prepared to expand on the reasoning behind the implemented design and explore opportunities for improvement. Martha has approachable and supportive attitude which makes the working process pleasant and efficient." — Aliya Hainey, Senior Software Engineer
There’s so much more to this feature that I want to improve on to deliver enhanced experiences for Workers, Admins, and Firstbasers. However, partnering with my team and #StartupLife, I had to hold the Good Enough principle close to my heart. Given the shifting needs of a fast-moving startup, there was much more I wanted to do for this project that needed additional discovery, definition, and prioritization with product.
Shipping this feature meant laying the foundation for a very big house that we planned to build at Firstbase. More to come 🚀