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Incident Management

The latest News and Information on Incident Management, On-Call, Incident Response and related technologies.

What I learned from leading my first incident

A few weeks ago we had a major incident. We were releasing our Practical Guide to Incident Management, and after posting about it online an incident.io employee noticed that the page wasn’t loading. Just to set the scene, I’ve been at incident.io for 3 months and don’t have any experience of incidents in my previous role. When the team got paged I expected this to be one of those “follow along and learn how the wizards work their magic” exercises.

Classifying Severity Levels for Your Organization

Major outages are bound to occur in even the most well-maintained infrastructure and systems. Being able to quickly classify the severity level also allows your on-call team to respond more effectively. Imagine a scenario where your on-call team is getting critical alerts every 15 minutes, user complaints are piling up on social media, and since your platform is inoperative revenue losses are mounting every minute. How do you go about getting your application back on track?

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Top Five Pitfalls of On-Call Scheduling

On-call schedules ensure that there's someone available day and night to fix or escalate any issues that arise. Using an on-call schedule helps keep things running smoothly. These on-call workers can be anyone from nurses and doctors required to respond to emergencies to IT and software engineering staff who need to fix service outages or significant bugs. Being on-call can be challenging and stressful. But with the proper practices in place, on-call schedules can fit well into an employee's work-life balance while still meeting the organization's needs.

Why More Incidents Are Better

Ask most SREs how many incidents they’d have to respond to in a perfect world, and their answer would probably be “zero.” After all, making software and infrastructure so reliable that incidents never occur is the dream that SREs are theoretically chasing. Reducing actual incidents by as much as possible is a noble goal. However, it’s important to recognize that incidents aren’t an SRE’s number one enemy.

Why Operational Maturity Helps Businesses Reduce the Great Resignation Trend

The past few years have led to fundamental business and cultural shifts for both companies and employees. Covid-19 has brought opportunities for companies who invested early in digital operations, while others struggled to maintain the status quo. The latter gave rise to record employee burnout, and what is now commonly referred to as the Great Resignation.

3 mistakes I've made at the beginning of an incident (and how not to make them)

The first few minutes of an incident are often the hardest. Tension and adrenaline levels are high, and if you don’t have a well-documented incident management plan in place, mistakes are inevitable. It was actually the years I spent managing incidents without the right tools in those high-tension moments that inspired me to build FireHydrant. I built the tool I wished I’d had when I was trying to move fast at the start of incidents.