Response Plays

Response Plays are available on current Standard and Enterprise plans. Please contact our Sales Team if you would like to upgrade to a plan with this feature.

What Is A Response Play?

Response plays let you create packages of incident actions that can be applied at any time to an incident with just a single button click, or that can be immediately applied to all new incidents created on a service. This enables you to take a complex activity, like assembling a response team of multiple on-calls and an incident commander, and make it available to anyone that needs to use it. Grouping up these actions into a reusable play has several benefits:

  • Turn documented processes into executable objects.
  • Reduce the opportunity for errors and mistakes while following incident response processes.
  • Drastically cut down on the time taken to execute incident response processes.

What Can A Response Play Do?

The current set of actions that can be a part of a response play include:

  • Mobilize a Response (Notify responders other than the assignee to help resolve the incident.)
  • Engage Stakeholders (Subscribe people who are not directly involved with resolving the incident to receive status updates.)
  • Publish Status Updates (Send a prepared status update to all subscribers attached to the incident, to keep them aware of the incident’s progress.)

Example Usage

A response play can be used directly by on-call engineers during triage when they determine something they’ve been paged for is bigger than expected. A service can also be configured to run a response play automatically whenever an incident opens on that service.

Creating A Response Play

You can create a new response play by going to the Configuration menu and selecting the Response Plays menu item. You can now create a new response play by clicking on the New Response Play button.

You can also view/edit/delete any of your previously created response plays.

Custom Response Message

You may also want to use a custom responder message - this allows you to specify a conference bridge or Slack channel where the response will be taking place.

You can add phone numbers and/or URLs in the message to responders. Here’s how:

Under the “Notify responders…” option, select “Send a custom message to responders”.

Phone numbers should be formatted like 234-567-8912,,,,1234#, where a comma (,) represents a one-second wait and pound (#) completes access code input.

Responders will be able to tap on the phone number and/or video call URL directly from the SMS they receive.

Here are phone number formats that will work:

+1-234-567-8912
+1(234) 567-8912
+1 (234) 567-8912
(234) 567-8912
234.567.8912
234-567-8912
1-234-567-8912
1 (234) 567-8912

Run a play on demand

If you do not want anyone to run a play on demand, have only incident responders or certain teams run a play, you have that option:

Running A Response Play On An Incident

From the Incident details page, you can Run a Play from the button bar of the incident. You can select any play from the list.

A confirmation box will pop up to confirm your selection for running the play.

If you added responders to a play, your responders will have the ability to Accept or Decline your request.

Automatically Running A Response Play At Incident Creation

You can run a response play whenever an incident is created on a service. Choose the service and click on the Edit Settings button. Once on the edit screen, you can choose or clear the response play that will be used for new incidents on the chosen service.

Running A Play From The Mobile App

You can download the app from the App Store for iOS or Google Play for Android. Screenshots are from our iOS app, and the Android app are very similar.

Open an incident and click More

Tap Run a Play

Confirm that you want to Run the play

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