incident.io provides actions, our lightweight toolkit for tracking and assigning work during incidents.
After speaking with our community and collecting feedback, we spent the last week making a number of improvements to actions that we hope will better fit your incident workflows.
We believe there are two types of action you create during an incident – those that need doing now, and those that should be followed-up after an incident has been closed.
Actions that need doing now might be:
While follow-ups could be:
You can now mark actions as follow-ups, helping separate work that needs doing now from tasks that can be handled post-incident.
Create follow-ups in Slack like any other action (
Thing) but with "When does it need to be done?" set to "After the
Sometimes you'll create an action, then realise it's best handled as a
follow-up. Moving actions into follow-ups (and out!) can be done from the
Once created, follow-ups can be managed in your incident dashboard, where they are shown separately from your other incident actions:
We expect people will review their actions as part of closing an incident, taking the opportunity to promote an action to a follow-up if it's still relevant.
If this is how you use them, we suggest exporting any follow-ups to your issue tracker (see the "Export to Linear" button) to link against your ticket, ensuring incident.io will sync the follow-up to your issue tracker.
Following this workflow will mean you can use the new "Actions" view to track outstanding follow-ups across all your incidents, giving you a picture of how your organisation is doing on their post-incident work:
While follow-ups are this weeks big news, we took the opportunity to improve actions more generally, too.
Expect some major quality-of-life improvements when working with actions from within Slack, such as:
/inc actionsdefaults to showing outstanding actions only, assuming responders will want to clearly see what remains (rather than what they've already done!)
See it in action here:
Lots! Mostly covered above, but a few small tweaks
🆕 Follow-up actions to track work that happens after closing an incident
🆕 New actions tab for viewing outstanding follow-ups across all your incidents
🆕 Mark actions as not-doing, helping responders focus on what they need to do now
💅 Simplify the
/inc actions modal and clearly separate actions by status (Slack)
💅 Provide an action edit modal for changing action details (Slack)
💅 Show quick-access buttons to transition actions between states (Slack)
💅 Separate follow-ups from in-incident actions (dashboard)
💅 Use consistent action status names (Open, Outstanding -> Open, etc)
💅 Filter incidents by "has outstanding actions" or "has post-mortem" (dashboard)
💅 Now display severity descriptions in the incident create modal (used to just be in the update modal, now its in both) - thanks Tiago!
💅 Bookmark your favourite incident filters, so you can share your search queries
💅 Custom fields now appear in the incident recap view
👷🏽 Continue porting API endpoints to goa, allowing us to type-check our frontend code against our backend implementation
🐛 Clear create action modal inputs after successful create (dashboard)
🐛 Notify incident channel whenever actions change in the dashboard
🐛 Fixed attribution of timeline items when you pin another persons message
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