It isn't always clear what should be done during an incident. That's why we created Decision Flows, a set of steps that helps you make a decision in an incident.

You might use Decision Flows to help choose whether to update your public status page, or whether something needs to be reported to a regulator.


1️⃣ You can find Decisions Flows under settings on your incident.io page.

2️⃣ Click "+ New Decision Flow"

You'll have the option of choosing a blank decision flow, or working from our Data Breach (GDPR) template. For this example, we will choose to work from the template.

3️⃣ Name the decision flow, and add a description.

We recommend taking the time to go into some detail for the description to provide context around when and how to use this workflow. You have the option of applying this work flow for All Incidents or Test incident only.

4️⃣ You can now build your decision flow. By filling out the follow for each branch of the tree:

  • Node, this is displayed in the UI to help the decision maker navigate the process (Keep it short and sweet!)

  • Prompt, This will be shown to the user when they are going through the decision flow. You can use Slack mrkdwn in this field.

  • Options, these are the options the decision maker can choose from.

5️⃣ When you have completed creating your decision flow, simply click Save Changes.

6️⃣ Create a Workflow to trigger your Decision Flow.

Navigate to Workflows and click "+ New Workflow". For this Workflow, we are going to select the trigger 'When an incident is created or changed'.

7️⃣ You can now name your Workflow and add a condition that makes sense for the Decision Flow you created. For this example, we will choose Incident Severity 'is one of' Critical. Other helpful conditions might be Incident Type, or an Impacted Team custom field.

8️⃣ You can now choose Prompt a Decision Flow as the Step. We have now created a workflow that will show our Decision Flow for all Critical incidents.

9️⃣ You will now provide a Prompt (to provide additional context) and can choose which Decision Flow you'd like triggered. We have now created a workflow that will show our Decision Flow for all Critical incidents.


Decision Flows can be a great way to guide someone during a incident. If you have any additional questions about Decision Flows or Workflows, feel free to reach out to us on Slack!

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