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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.

June releases: discover a faster and more intuitive FireHydrant

It’s been a busy month at FireHydrant. We’ve had our heads down shipping loads of improvements across the platform, and I want to take you on a quick tour of the changes. At the core of all these updates is a common theme: things are now a heck of a lot more intuitive. There’s a lot to digest here; read the full roundup of June releases below or follow us on Twitter for a bite-size demo each day this week.

Words matter: incident management versus incident response

I recently published a couple of blog posts about what happens when you invest in a thoughtful incident management strategy and three first steps to take to do so. What I’m getting at in these posts is that we need a shift toward proactivity in the software operators community. I’d wager most of the world is responding to incidents as they happen, and nothing more.

3 ways to improve your incident management posture today

Too many of us are still playing whack-a-mole when it comes to incidents: an incident is declared, the on-call engineer is paged, the incident is resolved and then forgotten — until next time. It’s time to start thinking in terms of proactive incident management, not just reactive incident response.

We can't all be Shaq: why it's time for the SRE hero to pass the ball and how to get there

At a going away party from a job I was leaving a few years back, my VP of engineering told a story I didn’t even remember but that I know subconsciously shaped how I viewed my role on that team: Toward the end of my very first day at the company, there was some internal system issue, and with pretty much zero context, I pulled out my laptop, figured out what was going on, and helped fix the issue.

The not-so-obvious positive outcomes of great incident management

Inflation is running rampant, the world stage is unpredictable, and what’s happening in the U.S. markets has been dubbed the “tech wreck.” A common theme I’m hearing come up in conversations across industries right now is value — we’re all looking to maximize every dollar spent, every hire made, every hour logged. For a lot of companies, this means looking at processes and tools with a critical eye for not only cost savings but also cost avoidance.

Announcing our new Webex Meetings integration

Previously, FireHydrant supported video collaboration tool integrations for Zoom and Google Meet. In response to customer asks, today we are pleased to introduce our new Cisco Webex Meetings integration for all paid plans. With the new integration, teams can automate Webex bridge creation as part of incident response.

Understanding Service Level Objectives

True reliability takes into account all of the services that exist in your software environment — which is why it can get so complicated. An ecommerce site, for example, might have services that update current inventory in near real time, process payments in the shopping cart, trigger email receipts to send, kick off fulfillment orders, etc. And if one of these services isn’t operating at its best, that can mean money — and in some cases, customers — lost for the company.

Get more from your Jira integration with custom field support

When FireHydrant originally launched our Jira Cloud and Jira Server integrations, we did not support custom fields. This prevented customers who rely on Jira epic ticket types or other custom required fields from getting full value from our Jira integrations. That has changed with the launch of Jira custom field support. We now support the most common type of Jira epic tickets and field-level mapping of Jira custom fields with FireHydrant incident data.