6 Goals of Incident Management

by Maya G

The prime goal of incident management is to resolve incidents either with temp fix or perm fix and bring back the IT service. We list here a few steps involved during the incident process.

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1.Resolve incidents to reduce downtime to the business

The prime goal of incident management is to resolve incidents either with temp fix or perm fix and bring back the IT service. Resolving the incidents firstly requires registering the incident in the ITSM tool with a unique reference number. Categorization of the incident is done based on hardware, software, etc., and then the incident is assigned to the appropriate team or a person to take quick action. The investigation and diagnosis are made. The resolution is implemented by searching knowledge articles or reference materials or KEDB, and once the issue is resolved, the incident is closed.

2.Improve the quality of IT service and increase the availability of the operation of the service

Incident management can improve the quality of IT services by identifying the recurring incidents and logging problem tickets to identify the root cause of the incident/ incidents. If there is any recent incident with no resolution, then a problem ticket is created to identify the root cause and fix it.

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By identifying the recurring incidents and their associated CI’s, availability management or capacity management or information security management, or continuity management can redefine or revise the respective plans and procedures to improve the delivery of services.

3.Monitoring of services, detecting and mitigating incidents

As the incident management team in many organizations is also involved in monitoring, they will get a complete picture of why the incident occurred, what errors or warnings, or exceptions have occurred. Accordingly, the monitoring team can consolidate the complete information from monitoring and event management tools and inform the problem management team for quicker resolution of unknown incidents. 

4.Communicate regarding the progress of the major incidents to all stakeholders

The incident management team will communicate the major incidents' progress to the necessary stakeholders from the moment it has been registered to the closure.

The incident management team keeps sending notifications regularly after every half an hour or the defined timelines to all the relevant stakeholder giving information on the incident like:

  1. What is the incident?
  2. What is the priority?
  3. When the incident occurred?
  4. Where is the incident happening or happened?
  5. What is the associated CI?
  6. How many people are impacted?
  7. Who is working on the issue?
  8. Estimated time to resolve the incident

5.Ensure SLA’s don’t breach for any reason

The incident manager and management team will have to ensure the SLA doesn’t breach any of the incident tickets for any reason like 3rd party involvement, negligence of the incident management team, dependency on any other problem, or change ticket.

6.Measure the effectiveness of incident management operations

The incident manager has to track the effectiveness of the incident management operations by defining the metrics and KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators) like:

  1. Number of incidents
  2. Number of major incidents
  3. Number of recurring incidents
  4. The average time is taken to resolve the incident
  5. The average time is taken to resolve the major incident
  6. Incidents that triggered problem tickets
  7. Incidents that began change tickets

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