The Art of Debugging

Thursday, 30 August, 2018 - 14:00–17:30

Avishai Ish-Shalom, Aleph VC, and Nati Cohen, HERE Mobility

Space is limited: add this to your schedule if you plan to attend.


Are you one of those "gifted debuggers" that everyone turns to when they need to solve a difficult problem? Great! This workshop isn't for you. For the rest of us, debugging is often considered a mysterious trait that some engineers were born with, but alas, some simply aren't. This workshop is here to bust that myth.

In this workshop, we will practice a well-structured debugging methodology—conducting debugging "katas" with the aim of mastering debugging technique.

Let's stop using trial and error (and other witchcraft tactics) to find the cause(s) of our problems!

This workshop is for junior and senior engineers interested in improving their debugging methodology. Despite debugging being a very common activity, in real word scenarios noise, cognitive biases, system complexity, and production pressures can easily lead us astray. By training yourself in debugging methodology you can improve your real world performance under these harsh conditions.

Avishai Ish-Shalom, Aleph VC

Avishai is a veteran operations and software engineer with years of high scale production experience. At present, Avishai helps growing startups and the Israeli high-tech eco-system as Engineer in Residence in Aleph VC fund. In his spare time, Avishai is spreading weird ideas and conspiracy theories like DevOps and Operations Engineering.

Nati Cohen, HERE Mobility

Nati Cohen is a Production Engineer at Here Technologies and a Teaching Assistant at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Previous experience includes: operations consulting, software development, *nix administration and security research in the Intelligence Corps as well as in multiple startup companies.

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@inproceedings {218911,
author = {Avishai Ish-Shalom and Nati Cohen},
title = {The Art of Debugging},
booktitle = {SREcon18 Europe/Middle East/Africa (SREcon18 Europe)},
year = {2018},
address = {Dusseldorf},
url = {},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = aug