With All Quiet, setting up on-call schedules, escalations, and rotations is straightforward. Our user-friendly interface removes complexity, guiding you smoothly through creating a workflow that keeps your team alert and responsive while accounting for different time zones and personal overrides.

Here’s how teams on All Quiet are three use cases how our customers typically set up their on-call rotations:

Follow-the-sun rotations enable global teams, especially those distributed worldwide, to leverage time zone differences for around-the-clock coverage. This ensures on-call duties are always managed during the local daytime hours of team members, enhancing responsiveness and minimizing overnight work.

  • Setup: Depending on where your team is located, you set up two (or more) schedules for the same escalation tier within All Quiet. Team members are then assigned to these schedules, with the option to add rotations. Ideally, this setup ensures every team member only has shifts during their local daytime working hours.
  • Why: This method leverages timezone differences, minimizing response times to incidents during off-hours in any given region.
  • Benefit: Teams experience less burnout and maintain a higher level of alertness and productivity, as members respond to incidents during their daytime hours.
If you want to skip the definitions, you can check out a hands-on example at the end of this page that guides you step-by-step through the set-up.

Accessing Escalation Policies

To access the escalation management page, simply click on the Escalations option.

Escalation Tiers

Escalation tiers allow incidents to be escalated to the next level when they are not acknowledged by the members of the current tier or when manual escalation is triggered.

Check out our example below for a hands-on use case setting up various escalation tiers.

Automatic escalation

To edit the automatic escalations between two tiers, navigate to the configuration section specifically pertaining to the desired tiers. Within this section, locate and click on the corresponding label.

After clicking on the label, an input box will appear, enabling you to modify the automatic escalation behavior. To disable automatic escalation, simply leave the input box empty.

Schedules

Within the management of escalations, All Quiet allows you to define schedules for each escalation tier. These schedules determine the on-call periods for team members. With schedule customization, you can specify the time of day, such as 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and designate specific weekdays, such as Monday through Friday, for the schedule to be active. This flexibility enables precise control over when team members are available and responsible for incident response within each escalation tier.

To edit the on-call periods of a schedule, simply click on the label located at the top left of the schedule. By clicking on the label, you can access the edit dialogue where you can modify the schedule’s settings. The label will display the current settings, which are set to “everyday” by default, indicating that no specific settings have been defined yet.

In the edit dialogue, you can specify the start time and end time for the schedule. Leaving the start or end fields empty will be interpreted as either “until” or “from” without a specific start or end time. Additionally, you can select the respective weekdays when the members of the schedule should be on-call by checking the corresponding checkboxes. This flexibility allows you to precisely define the time periods and weekdays for the on-call schedule according to your specific requirements.

After clicking Save Schedule in the edit dialogue, the schedule’s settings will be saved, and you will immediately see the current schedule’s settings displayed in natural language format at the top left corner. This provides a clear and easily understandable representation of the saved schedule settings, ensuring visibility and quick reference to the configured on-call periods and weekdays.

Check out our example below for a hands-on use case setting up two schedules within an escalation tier.

Rotations

Within All Quiet, managing rotations is accomplished through the use of rotation groups within each schedule. Rotation groups ensure fair distribution of on-call responsibilities among team members. For instance, you can create a schedule specifically for weekends, active only on Saturdays and Sundays, and set up four rotation groups based on this weekend schedule. Each rotation group would consist of team members who are on-call together. By adjusting the rotation settings to “weekly,” each group would take turns being on-call for a weekend every four weeks. This approach effectively balances on-call duties and protects team members’ weekends, allowing for equitable rotation scheduling within All Quiet.

To modify the rotation settings of a schedule, simply click on the right label associated with the schedule. By default, this label will display “no rotation.” Clicking on it will open the rotation settings dialogue, allowing you to configure and customize the rotation settings according to your requirements.

To edit the rotation settings, you have the flexibility to choose the rotation period, such as “daily,” “weekly,” “biweekly,” or “monthly.” Additionally, you can specify the starting point of the rotations. For monthly rotations, you can select the exact date, such as the 1st of a month. In the case of other rotation options, you can choose the specific weekday. For example, if you select “weekly” and “Wednesday,” each rotation will span one week from Wednesday until Tuesday midnight.

Once you click Save Rotation, the rotation settings will be saved and displayed in the upper right label. It’s important to note that if you specify rotation settings other than the default (no rotation), it is necessary to have more than one rotation configured. Otherwise, the specified settings will not have any effect.

Team Calendar

To view the calendar of a team and gain an overview of team members’ on-call and off-call periods within each escalation tier, follow this step:

Access Team Calendar Page

Access the team calendar page: Navigate to the team management section or select the specific team from the menu. Look for the option labeled “Team Calendar”.

View Team’s Calendar and Schedules

The All Quiet calendar provides a visual representation of the on-call schedules for your teams, ensuring that everyone knows their responsibilities at a glance. Below is a breakdown of the key elements of the calendar interface:

Monthly Calendar

  1. On-Call Now Indicators: These indicators provide a quick view of which team members are currently on-call. The indicators are color-coded and numbered to correspond with the tier of on-call duty.
  2. Tiers Filter: Use the ‘Tiers’ dropdown to filter the calendar view by on-call tiers. This allows you to focus on specific response levels within your team’s on-call schedule.
  3. Individual Schedule Entries: These entries display the scheduled on-call shifts for each team member. The entries show the name of the on-call individual and the corresponding time period of their shift.
  4. Tier Labeling: Each schedule entry is labeled with a ‘T’ followed by a number to indicate the on-call tier. ‘T1’ corresponds to Tier 1, and ‘T2’ to Tier 2, providing a clear distinction of responsibility levels.
  5. Time Navigation: This section allows you to navigate through different time frames within the calendar—‘Week’ and ‘Month’ views are available. Use the arrows to move backward or forward through the calendar, or click ‘Today’ to return to the current date.

Weekly Calendar

The weekly view in the All Quiet calendar provides a detailed look at the team’s on-call schedule, with each day of the week displayed as a separate column. This view contrasts with the monthly perspective by offering a granular, day-by-day breakdown of on-call shifts.

  • Daily Details: Unlike the monthly view which summarizes the shifts, the weekly view displays individual shifts for each day, showing precise start and end times.
  • Current Day Highlight: The current day is accentuated with a distinct color, making it stand out for easy identification.
  • Hourly Breakdown: Each column represents a single day broken down by hour, which is more detailed than the monthly calendar.

Personal Availability

This section in All Quiet’s documentation focuses on the crucial aspect of managing personal availability, ultimately contributing to a calm and efficient working environment, ensuring smooth coordination and coverage for on-call responsibilities.

Your Availability

Within the main menu, you will find a link titled “Your Availability” which dynamically indicates your current on-call status by displaying a blinking red or green indicator. By clicking this link, you will be directed to the “Your Availability” page, where you can conveniently view all your upcoming on-call duties across various teams.

Personal Overrides

To create an individual override, such as a “fill-in” for a colleague on vacation or for your own vacation, you can add online or offline schedules with specified start and end dates where you can chooose who will cover your shifts during this time period. Simply click the “Add Personal Schedule” button . A calendar will appear, allowing you to select the start date and end date. This intuitive process enables you to establish personalized overrides with fixed durations, ensuring accurate representation of your availability during specific periods.

Vacation Schedule

The screenshot demonstrates an example of an individual vacation schedule (marked as “offline”) spanning three consecutive days. However, it is worth noting that during this period, the user should have been on call, as indicated by the green schedules in the other columns. Additionally, you can observe that the online status changes to “offline” during this scheduled time off. To modify or remove an existing schedule, simply click on the respective schedule and make the necessary adjustments. This straightforward process allows for easy editing or deletion of individual schedules, ensuring accurate representation of availability within the system.

On-Call Reminder

Stay informed with our automatic on-call reminders. By default, you’ll get an email one day prior to your shift to help you prepare. Prefer not to be reminded? No problem. Just deselect the reminder in your account settings.

Timezones

Managing time zones in All Quiet is straightforward, ensuring your team’s schedules and rotations are always synced. Here’s how it works:

  • Time Zone Setting: The team’s default time zone is initially set to the creator’s time zone but can be easily adjusted to fit your team’s geographical distribution.
  • Unified Scheduling: Regardless of individual locations, all schedules align with the team’s chosen time zone, making coordination seamless.
  • Flexibility: Update the team’s time zone at any time to reflect changes in team composition or operational needs, keeping everyone in sync effortlessly. This setup ensures seamless team operation across locations, streamlining time zone management and collaboration.

Example: Setting up an on-call rotation

In this setup, we aim to ensure round-the-clock incident coverage with a focused approach:

  • A team of four splits into two engineers on-call weekly (24/7) and two engineering managers on daytime shifts.
  • Engineers rotate each week for continuous Tier 1 coverage.
  • Engineering managers cover Tier 2 in two 12-hour shifts: 0-12 and 12-24.
  • If Tier 1 and 2 miss an incident, Tier 3 alerts all engineers.
  • Auto-escalation: 10 minutes from Tier 1 to Tier 2 and 15 minutes to Tier 3.
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Edit Members of your default rotation

Under your team, go to Escalations and click on Edit Members oncall01

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Create a new rotation for your schedule

If you’re planning to have an on-call rotation for your first schedule click on + Add Members to create a new rotation oncall02

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Edit Rotation

Now you’ve defined more than one rotation but no rotation settings.

  1. Click on No Rotation.
  2. Define how often the rotation should repeat and on what day the rotation should start. In this simple example, we’ll go for a weekly rotation that starts on Monday. oncall03
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Create a New Tier

You’re done with Escalation Tier 1 and can set up subsequent Escalation Tiers to ensure no incident goes unnoticed.

  1. Under the subsequent Escalation Tier, click on + Add Members to create a new tier
  2. Choose the members that you want to add. oncall04
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Customize Schedules

In this escalation tier we’ll want to define two schedules since our team members are located in different time zones which we can use so that they only receive incidents during daytime (i.e. follow-the-sun-rotation).

  1. Click on everyday to edit the schedule
  2. In this example Pep takes over everyday from 0:00 to 12:00 and Leo from 12:00 to 24:00 oncall05
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Adding more Tiers

Now, we’re adding a final tier that escalates automatically after 15 minutes where everyone gets notified in case no one responded on Tier 1 and on Tier 2.

  1. Click on everyday to edit the schedule
  2. In this example Pep takes over everyday from 0:00 to 12:00 and Leo from 12:00 to 24:00 oncall06
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Check your Calendar

We’re done now and can check our on-call rotation directly under Calendar. Also you’ll always see who is currently on-call in your relevant tiers. oncall07