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Unveiling Past Incidents: Accelerating Incident Resolution with Historical Context

Sep 28, 2023
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    Having the context of how similar issues were handled in the past can be invaluable. It can help incident responders grasp the nature of recurring problems, their causes, and effective solutions that have worked in the past.

    Introducing Squadcast’s Past Incidents feature that assists incident responders by presenting them with a list of similar past incidents related to the same service they are currently investigating. It employs a system algorithm to match and display similar historical incidents, offering valuable insights such as historical context, past incident activities & involvement, timing patterns, and previously successful solutions aiding faster Incident Resolution for organizations

    This feature is available to everyone who takes Squadcast on a spin via our 14 day free trial!

    Benefits: Why Past Incidents Matter

    Here are some reasons that make Past incidents a valuable feature:

    Historical Context and Knowledge Transfer: Past incidents offer context and a record of how similar issues were handled in the past helping incident responders understand the nature of recurring problems, their causes, and the previously used resolutions. The historical context also allows users to transfer knowledge and insights gained from previous incidents to those who may not have been present during the initial incidents.

    Performance Evaluation: Users can use past incidents as a benchmark to evaluate their performance in resolving similar issues over time. This helps in identifying trends, areas for improvement, and whether response times and resolutions are improving or deteriorating.

    Documentation: Past incidents can help teams document the entire Incident Management process, from detection to resolution, making it highly valuable for auditing, compliance, and reporting purposes.

    Incident Analysis: Analyzing past incidents can help in identifying patterns and trends that may indicate potential future issues. This enables proactive measures to prevent incidents or minimize their impact.

    Decision-Making: When a new incident occurs, having access to past incident data can aid decision-making. Teams can quickly assess if the current incident is similar to past incidents and use previous incident data to make informed decisions about how to respond.

    Communication: When communicating with stakeholders, having a history of past incidents can help provide context and explanations for recurring issues, which can be particularly useful in managing stakeholder expectations.

    View Past Incidents

    Here is how users can view Past Incidents for a parent incident, 

    Step1: Go to the Incidents List page and select the incident you're interested in from the list.

    Step2: In the Incident Details page, locate the Details section.

    Step3: Look for the Past Incidents subsection. And the following information will be displayed

    Past Incidents on the Incident Details page in Squadcast for Incident Management
    Past Incidents on the Incident Details page

    Past Incident Details

    Here are the details shown for the relevant incidents. By default the top 5 incidents that match and have been the most recent in the last 6 months will be displayed. Responders can now view and access which related incidents had high levels of activity along with the remediation steps taken by responders on these incidents.

    Past Incidents in Squadcast for Incident Management
    Top 5 Relevant Incidents
    Field Description
    Incident Message Shows the incident title of the past incident.
    Alert Source Shows the alert source from where the incident came in.
    Assignee Shows the latest responder of the past incident.
    Created At Displays the date and time of the incident creation.
    Resolution Coveys the resolution type for the past incident: Automatic or Manual.
    TTR Shows the time taken to resolve the past incident.
    Incident Activity Present the past incidents in descending order of activity. This is a system generated measure based on the response and resolution activities taken during this incident.

    Incident activity is determined by the incident activity score, which takes into account actions taken on the incident, such as attaching a Runbook, adding a Task, and other relevant activities. Here is the exact list of activities that we measure:
    • Incident Reassign
    • Tags Manually Added
    • Incident Actions Taken
    • Marked as SLO Affecting
    • Communication Link Added
    • Notes Added
    • Notes Starred
    • Postmortem Created/Edited
    • Runbook Attached
    • Task Added

    Incident Statistics

    Past Incidents Stats in Squadcast for Incident Management
    Component Description
    # of occurrences in the last 6 months Shows the frequency of occurrence of similar incidents over the last 6 months. It also displays the median TTR of all these past incidents in this period.
    # of occurrences in the last 3 months Shows the frequency of occurrence of similar incidents over the last 3 months. It also displays the median TTR of all these past incidents in this period.
    # of occurrences in the last week Shows the frequency of occurrence of similar incidents over the last 7 days. It also displays the median TTR of all these past incidents in this period.
    Heatmap The Past Incidents heatmap provides a six-month overview of comparable incidents related to the service you're currently assessing. In this visualization, the intensity of the square's color reflects the frequency of incidents on each respective day. Darker squares correspond to days with a higher incident count, while lighter ones indicate fewer occurrences.

    Please Note: For a more detailed examination of a specific day, simply hover your cursor over a square to reveal the number of incidents from that particular date. If you click on a square, all the past incidents from that day will be displayed in the Past Incidents list below. To gain further context, you can easily access these incidents by clicking on their linked titles.

    Conclusion

    In summary, past incidents serve as a valuable source of information, knowledge, and context for Squadcast users. They play a pivotal role in incident resolution, performance enhancement, and proactive Incident Management, ultimately resulting in more streamlined and efficient incident response procedures.

    At Squadcast, a core tenet of our mission is to ensure that our platform and services offer the utmost user-friendliness, providing you with a seamless experience. We trust that our Past Incidents feature will bring us one step closer to achieving this objective. We encourage you to give this new feature a try and share your thoughts or feedback in the comments or with our support team. Cheers!

    What you should do now
    • Schedule a demo with Squadcast to learn about the platform, answer your questions, and evaluate if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    • Curious about how Squadcast can assist you in implementing SRE best practices? Discover the platform's capabilities through our Interactive Demo.
    • Enjoyed the article? Explore further insights on the best SRE practices.
    • Schedule a demo with Squadcast to learn about the platform, answer your questions, and evaluate if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    • Curious about how Squadcast can assist you in implementing SRE best practices? Discover the platform's capabilities through our Interactive Demo.
    • Enjoyed the article? Explore further insights on the best SRE practices.
    • Get a walkthrough of our platform through this Interactive Demo and see how it can solve your specific challenges.
    • See how Charter Leveraged Squadcast to Drive Client Success With Robust Incident Management.
    • Share this blog post with someone you think will find it useful. Share it on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Reddit
    • Get a walkthrough of our platform through this Interactive Demo and see how it can solve your specific challenges.
    • See how Charter Leveraged Squadcast to Drive Client Success With Robust Incident Management
    • Share this blog post with someone you think will find it useful. Share it on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Reddit
    • Get a walkthrough of our platform through this Interactive Demo and see how it can solve your specific challenges.
    • See how Charter Leveraged Squadcast to Drive Client Success With Robust Incident Management
    • Share this blog post with someone you think will find it useful. Share it on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Reddit
    What you should do now?
    Here are 3 ways you can continue your journey to learn more about Unified Incident Management
    Discover the platform's capabilities through our Interactive Demo.
    See how Charter Leveraged Squadcast to Drive Client Success With Robust Incident Management.
    Share the article
    Share this blog post on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit or LinkedIn.
    We’ll show you how Squadcast works and help you figure out if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    Experience the benefits of Squadcast's Incident Management and On-Call solutions firsthand.
    Compare our plans and find the perfect fit for your business.
    See Redis' Journey to Efficient Incident Management through alert noise reduction With Squadcast.
    Discover the platform's capabilities through our Interactive Demo.
    We’ll show you how Squadcast works and help you figure out if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    Experience the benefits of Squadcast's Incident Management and On-Call solutions firsthand.
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    Compare our plans and find the perfect fit for your business.
    Learn how Scoro created a solid foundation for better on-call practices with Squadcast.
    Discover the platform's capabilities through our Interactive Demo.
    We’ll show you how Squadcast works and help you figure out if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    Experience the benefits of Squadcast's Incident Management and On-Call solutions firsthand.
    We’ll show you how Squadcast works and help you figure out if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    Learn how Scoro created a solid foundation for better on-call practices with Squadcast.
    We’ll show you how Squadcast works and help you figure out if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    Discover the platform's capabilities through our Interactive Demo.
    Enjoyed the article? Explore further insights on the best SRE practices.
    We’ll show you how Squadcast works and help you figure out if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    Experience the benefits of Squadcast's Incident Management and On-Call solutions firsthand.
    Enjoyed the article? Explore further insights on the best SRE practices.
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    Unveiling Past Incidents: Accelerating Incident Resolution with Historical Context

    Unveiling Past Incidents: Accelerating Incident Resolution with Historical Context
    Sep 28, 2023
    Last Updated:
    Sep 28, 2023

    Having the context of how similar issues were handled in the past can be invaluable. It can help incident responders grasp the nature of recurring problems, their causes, and effective solutions that have worked in the past.

    Introducing Squadcast’s Past Incidents feature that assists incident responders by presenting them with a list of similar past incidents related to the same service they are currently investigating. It employs a system algorithm to match and display similar historical incidents, offering valuable insights such as historical context, past incident activities & involvement, timing patterns, and previously successful solutions aiding faster Incident Resolution for organizations

    This feature is available to everyone who takes Squadcast on a spin via our 14 day free trial!

    Benefits: Why Past Incidents Matter

    Here are some reasons that make Past incidents a valuable feature:

    Historical Context and Knowledge Transfer: Past incidents offer context and a record of how similar issues were handled in the past helping incident responders understand the nature of recurring problems, their causes, and the previously used resolutions. The historical context also allows users to transfer knowledge and insights gained from previous incidents to those who may not have been present during the initial incidents.

    Performance Evaluation: Users can use past incidents as a benchmark to evaluate their performance in resolving similar issues over time. This helps in identifying trends, areas for improvement, and whether response times and resolutions are improving or deteriorating.

    Documentation: Past incidents can help teams document the entire Incident Management process, from detection to resolution, making it highly valuable for auditing, compliance, and reporting purposes.

    Incident Analysis: Analyzing past incidents can help in identifying patterns and trends that may indicate potential future issues. This enables proactive measures to prevent incidents or minimize their impact.

    Decision-Making: When a new incident occurs, having access to past incident data can aid decision-making. Teams can quickly assess if the current incident is similar to past incidents and use previous incident data to make informed decisions about how to respond.

    Communication: When communicating with stakeholders, having a history of past incidents can help provide context and explanations for recurring issues, which can be particularly useful in managing stakeholder expectations.

    View Past Incidents

    Here is how users can view Past Incidents for a parent incident, 

    Step1: Go to the Incidents List page and select the incident you're interested in from the list.

    Step2: In the Incident Details page, locate the Details section.

    Step3: Look for the Past Incidents subsection. And the following information will be displayed

    Past Incidents on the Incident Details page in Squadcast for Incident Management
    Past Incidents on the Incident Details page

    Past Incident Details

    Here are the details shown for the relevant incidents. By default the top 5 incidents that match and have been the most recent in the last 6 months will be displayed. Responders can now view and access which related incidents had high levels of activity along with the remediation steps taken by responders on these incidents.

    Past Incidents in Squadcast for Incident Management
    Top 5 Relevant Incidents
    Field Description
    Incident Message Shows the incident title of the past incident.
    Alert Source Shows the alert source from where the incident came in.
    Assignee Shows the latest responder of the past incident.
    Created At Displays the date and time of the incident creation.
    Resolution Coveys the resolution type for the past incident: Automatic or Manual.
    TTR Shows the time taken to resolve the past incident.
    Incident Activity Present the past incidents in descending order of activity. This is a system generated measure based on the response and resolution activities taken during this incident.

    Incident activity is determined by the incident activity score, which takes into account actions taken on the incident, such as attaching a Runbook, adding a Task, and other relevant activities. Here is the exact list of activities that we measure:
    • Incident Reassign
    • Tags Manually Added
    • Incident Actions Taken
    • Marked as SLO Affecting
    • Communication Link Added
    • Notes Added
    • Notes Starred
    • Postmortem Created/Edited
    • Runbook Attached
    • Task Added

    Incident Statistics

    Past Incidents Stats in Squadcast for Incident Management
    Component Description
    # of occurrences in the last 6 months Shows the frequency of occurrence of similar incidents over the last 6 months. It also displays the median TTR of all these past incidents in this period.
    # of occurrences in the last 3 months Shows the frequency of occurrence of similar incidents over the last 3 months. It also displays the median TTR of all these past incidents in this period.
    # of occurrences in the last week Shows the frequency of occurrence of similar incidents over the last 7 days. It also displays the median TTR of all these past incidents in this period.
    Heatmap The Past Incidents heatmap provides a six-month overview of comparable incidents related to the service you're currently assessing. In this visualization, the intensity of the square's color reflects the frequency of incidents on each respective day. Darker squares correspond to days with a higher incident count, while lighter ones indicate fewer occurrences.

    Please Note: For a more detailed examination of a specific day, simply hover your cursor over a square to reveal the number of incidents from that particular date. If you click on a square, all the past incidents from that day will be displayed in the Past Incidents list below. To gain further context, you can easily access these incidents by clicking on their linked titles.

    Conclusion

    In summary, past incidents serve as a valuable source of information, knowledge, and context for Squadcast users. They play a pivotal role in incident resolution, performance enhancement, and proactive Incident Management, ultimately resulting in more streamlined and efficient incident response procedures.

    At Squadcast, a core tenet of our mission is to ensure that our platform and services offer the utmost user-friendliness, providing you with a seamless experience. We trust that our Past Incidents feature will bring us one step closer to achieving this objective. We encourage you to give this new feature a try and share your thoughts or feedback in the comments or with our support team. Cheers!

    What you should do now
    • Schedule a demo with Squadcast to learn about the platform, answer your questions, and evaluate if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    • Curious about how Squadcast can assist you in implementing SRE best practices? Discover the platform's capabilities through our Interactive Demo.
    • Enjoyed the article? Explore further insights on the best SRE practices.
    • Schedule a demo with Squadcast to learn about the platform, answer your questions, and evaluate if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    • Curious about how Squadcast can assist you in implementing SRE best practices? Discover the platform's capabilities through our Interactive Demo.
    • Enjoyed the article? Explore further insights on the best SRE practices.
    • Get a walkthrough of our platform through this Interactive Demo and see how it can solve your specific challenges.
    • See how Charter Leveraged Squadcast to Drive Client Success With Robust Incident Management.
    • Share this blog post with someone you think will find it useful. Share it on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Reddit
    • Get a walkthrough of our platform through this Interactive Demo and see how it can solve your specific challenges.
    • See how Charter Leveraged Squadcast to Drive Client Success With Robust Incident Management
    • Share this blog post with someone you think will find it useful. Share it on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Reddit
    • Get a walkthrough of our platform through this Interactive Demo and see how it can solve your specific challenges.
    • See how Charter Leveraged Squadcast to Drive Client Success With Robust Incident Management
    • Share this blog post with someone you think will find it useful. Share it on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Reddit
    What you should do now?
    Here are 3 ways you can continue your journey to learn more about Unified Incident Management
    Discover the platform's capabilities through our Interactive Demo.
    See how Charter Leveraged Squadcast to Drive Client Success With Robust Incident Management.
    Share the article
    Share this blog post on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit or LinkedIn.
    We’ll show you how Squadcast works and help you figure out if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    Experience the benefits of Squadcast's Incident Management and On-Call solutions firsthand.
    Compare our plans and find the perfect fit for your business.
    See Redis' Journey to Efficient Incident Management through alert noise reduction With Squadcast.
    Discover the platform's capabilities through our Interactive Demo.
    We’ll show you how Squadcast works and help you figure out if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    Experience the benefits of Squadcast's Incident Management and On-Call solutions firsthand.
    Compare Squadcast & PagerDuty / Opsgenie
    Compare and see if Squadcast is the right fit for your needs.
    Compare our plans and find the perfect fit for your business.
    Learn how Scoro created a solid foundation for better on-call practices with Squadcast.
    Discover the platform's capabilities through our Interactive Demo.
    We’ll show you how Squadcast works and help you figure out if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    Experience the benefits of Squadcast's Incident Management and On-Call solutions firsthand.
    We’ll show you how Squadcast works and help you figure out if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    Learn how Scoro created a solid foundation for better on-call practices with Squadcast.
    We’ll show you how Squadcast works and help you figure out if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    Discover the platform's capabilities through our Interactive Demo.
    Enjoyed the article? Explore further insights on the best SRE practices.
    We’ll show you how Squadcast works and help you figure out if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    Experience the benefits of Squadcast's Incident Management and On-Call solutions firsthand.
    Enjoyed the article? Explore further insights on the best SRE practices.
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    September 28, 2023
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