We’re excited to announce Incident Timer - a “days without an incident” timer for software teams to keep track of major engineering incidents.
As the people behind Spike.sh, we keep discussing how to build a culture of reliability with our customers. We loved the idea of safety/accident timers in factories which kept track of major accidents. It's a simple and elegant way to keep safety on everybody’s minds.
We tried using whiteboards as incident timers in our team but quickly realised the limitations - someone has to keep updating the board everyday! We couldn't find a product that we liked, so we decided to give it a shot ourselves.
The result is Incident Timer, a simple and beautifully designed product for dev teams.
After you sign up, just enter the date of the last major incident and that’s it! The timer dashboard shows the count of the days since the last incident. When the next incident happens, you can just reset the timer. We have also added public sharing option so you can share the timer with others.
You can keep the timer displayed on the TV in your team space along with your other monitoring dashboards. Or bring it up during your regular calls with the team to keep track of your reliability, discuss steps to improve reliability and celebrate winning streaks. We have made the product free for dev teams as a way of giving back to the community.
You can set up your incident timer in just 2 minutes at https://incidents.sh