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Configuring incident forms Engineering Team avatar
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As a responder progresses through an incident, they will encounter several forms designed to collect information about the incident.

These forms exist to make sure that responders share the right information at the right time, so that:

  • Automations can run correctly (e.g. workflows that invite the right people depending on what service is affected, or nudges tailored to certain situations)

  • The wider team is aligned on the core facts of the incident (what product is impacted, how widespread is it, who's leading), and is kept up to date (e.g. via subscriptions)

  • You can analyze patterns in incidents via insights

There's always a balance to find here: ask for too much information too soon and responders will be wasting time filling in forms when they should be fixing the issue. Ask for too little, and you can't build targeted automations or keep your teams up-to-date.

We allow you to configure your incident forms to help get this right, giving you the ability to only ask for the information that you need.

You can access these settings via Settings → Forms.

Here, you can configure:

  • The Declare form, shown when declaring a new incident

  • The Accept form, shown when accepting a triage incident

  • The Update form, shown when sharing an update for an incident

  • The Resolve form, shown when you resolve an incident

Choosing which fields to include

You can now control exactly which fields will show on each form, and see the impact of those changes in real time. For example, you can hide the summary field when declaring an incident unless it’s at least a Major severity.

These work ‘in real time’ too, so when you change the severity from Minor to Major, the summary field will appear in your form.

Choosing when to make a field required

Required fields are a blessing and a curse: it’s useful to ensure that a responder fills in a field and doesn’t forget, but having lots of required fields can be very frustrating when you’re trying to fix a problem.

You can now choose when you want a field to be required: for example, you might have a role as Comms Lead which is required if the severity is Critical, but not for lower severity incidents.

As a bonus, if you have a dropdown custom field, you can choose to include a ‘no value’ item in the dropdown. Use this to ensure that a user makes an active choice to input 'no value' instead of just forgetting to fill out the field.

Configuring forms by incident type

You can configure a bespoke form that’ll only apply to incidents of that particular type. For the Declare form, as soon as the user chooses that particular type, the rest of the form will change to match that specific type's form configuration.

Default values

To make it even easier to fill out these forms, you can configure default values against each element in the form. That means that you can now:

  • Choose a different default severity (instead of the lowest severity)

  • Set a default value for a custom field

  • Make incidents triage by default, instead of live

This also allows you to create templates, so you can make it easier for responders to populate summaries and updates consistently.

Your form, your way

You can now help your responders by including customized descriptions and placeholder text, as well as dividers and help text blocks.

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