Incident roles help align responders behind a clear set of tasks, responsibilities, and expectations. FireHydrant comes with several default roles, but they can be customized. Read more about customizing roles.
During an incident, you typically assign users so that there is a record of who was involved. In addition, on FireHydrant, assigning users will automatically pull them into the incident Slack channel and notify them. Assigning users is easy and can be done in multiple ways.
From Slack, within the Incident channel, you can run the
/fh assign role command to open a modal where you can assign a user. You can also use the quick action button located on the pinned message in the channel:
In the Command Center during an incident, you can click the Pencil icon next to Responders in the Details panel. This will open a modal to edit the responders on an incident.
Alongside assigning specific users, you can also assign entire teams of people, grouped together by various traits.
Some organizations will group their team members by function, such as Incident Commanders, Infrastructure Engineers, and more. Other organizations may group their team members by component ownership, such as by specific services, functionalities, or environments.
It's up to your organization how you want to organize your teams. You can learn more about configuring your teams here.
The biggest difference is that with teams, you can designate roles for all users within the team, as well as for people from on-call schedules.
Just like with users, you can also assign Teams in multiple places.
Within Slack, the command for assigning teams is
/fh assign team. This will also open a modal for selecting which team you'd like to pull into the incident.
You can also customize the New Incident form for UI and Slack to allow selecting teams before declaring the incident.
Within an incident's Command Center, just like assigning roles, you can click the pencil icon next to Response Team in the details panel. When the modal opens, you can change the radio selection to "Team" instead of "User", allowing you to select a team to assign instead.
You can also choose which team(s) should be included in an incident while declaring a new one in the web UI.
Just like assigning roles, you can also automate pulling teams into incidents via a Runbook step.
This enables powerful automation such as conditionally pulling certain teams in based on certain conditions - certain Severity, certain milestones, certain tags, etc.
If you are making use of the Catalog, once you've assigned the Responding Team(s) for a Service or Functionality, you can check the setting just below to Auto-add responding team. You can configure this in each Service/Functionality's respective settings by going to Catalog > [Services | Functionalities] > [Name] > Edit.
Once this setting is enabled, any time this particular Service/Functionality is marked as impacted in an incident, FireHydrant will automatically pull in the responding teams. If you know what system components are involved, it's a fast, highly effective way to pull in the right people.
Updated about 2 months ago