3 minutes read Pilots and programmers have similar challenges when dealing with critical issues mid-flight or mid-project. Both professions require quick thinking, problem solving, and the ability to manage stress in high-pressure situations. To debug like a pilot, use the "burst mode" technique, which involves allocating 5 minutes each for problem analysis, solution planning, and implementation. Timeboxing helps keep the process structured and manageable, and allows you to focus energy and resources on resolving critical issues efficiently and effectively. The technique also allows for reflection and improvement over time.