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Day 19: Judge

Level 17

For all that we know that being judgemental is not a positive trait, the truth is that as IT Pros we spend much of our day (if not our career) judging much of our environment.

We automatically assess and judge issues that we face. We judge the solutions we come up with - whether they are temporary fixes or full blown designs. We judge our skills relative to our environment, to the workplace, and to our colleagues to ensure we're keeping up.

So I deeply appreciated it when Rabbi Davidovich recently wrote

"There's way too much "Judge not..." going on.  That's the brain's version of the lungs' "Don't breathe"."

He was speaking to the population at large, but I think this has special relevance to us in IT.

Moreso, once we accept that judging is something that we naturally do, a condition heightened by our career choice, which is in many contexts something we SHOULD do - why then we can stop trying to avoid it or deny we do it and put some structure around it.

Because many of us sense intuitively that becoming judgemental is NOT a good thing. So how do we avoid crossing the line?

Like all good concepts in IT, we implement a framework.

  • Judge designs, but not until we you have collected all the data possible.
  • Judge based on AVAILABLE data, knowing that Hick's law will bite you if let it
  • Judge situations around you, but always with Occam's Razor in mind.
  • Judge execution based on the Pareto Principal

But that's dancing around the subject. When we think of "judging", the idea that most often comes to mind (IT Pro or not) is judging others.

In those cases, there are also guidelines, which were outlined in Rabbi Davidovich's original post: 

  • "Suspend Judgment until you get more facts."
  • "Judge slowly"
  • "When uncertain, judge favorably."
  • "Unless it's relevant to others, keep your judgments to yourself."

As with any habit, technology, or issue that has both positive applications and challenging aspects, the application of a useful framework allows us to judge our options and act correctly.

Level 11

Lovely post adatole​!

Sometimes, we tend to judge people for what we do and most times, we are blind to those things.


It is not for us to Judge those around us, but it is God who will judge them for their deeds in Life. If you do start Judging people 9 times out of 10 you will have it wrong completely. People in this world tend to Judge first without hearing or understanding the full story behind something. That is a lot of problem with news agencies and newspapers, they judge people without getting the full truth behind the story. This leads to more and more problems for everyone.


I think "assumptions" are what we do, not "judgement", we make practical assumptions about environment and then we follow those assumptions up with fact checks and evidence. Always have evidence to back up your claims.

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

There is nothing wrong with an assumption as long as you prove it to be a fact based assumption. So its not judgement at all in my experience...

Level 11

Today, I wax....nerdy.  Ever had a friend in IT that deals with an issue like this?  Always make an issue interesting.


Do not judge, or you will be judged.

For with the same judgment you pronounce, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.…

Matthew 7:1-2 ESV

I think "Judging" is one of the most misunderstood concepts today.

1.  I think people use the word "judging" and they mean "condemning".

2.  People say "You can't judge me!" when the truth is, if you are going to judge me, you need to be willing to be held to account as well.

And this second misunderstanding is how we got to the 2016 Presidential Election.  Both sides put up very flawed, imperfect candidates.  All the while, the Left wanted to address the handling of Trumps tax records while being offended at scrutiny over their security lapses and deleted emails.  On the other hand, you had the Right wanting a full investigation of the Clinton foundation and crying witch hunt on investigations of Trump U.  I could go on but my point is made, if you want to judge the opposition, you have to be willing to accept their scrutiny as well. 

We need to get back to the place where we judge truth and personalities.

We do this at work as well.  I like Jim and Jim says something caustic and I defend Jim with "that's just Jim being Jim"  But Jerry, I do not like and Jerry says something caustic and I go on the offense and see "Jerry as a bad, bad man."

And we can do this with our data.  I can judge data with a preconceived notion and miss the boat or I can judge the data and see the solution.

If you are in a situation that requires judgement, judge rightly.  Judge the facts, but be open to accountability in your own involvement.

Day 19: Judge:    to form an opinion about, through careful weighing of evidence and testing of premises

I seek to reduce my judging other people and systems as much as possible.

Where judging must occur, I hope to do it impartially and only by fact and experience, leaving rumor or opinion or prejudice behind.

However, in this wretched day of "Post-News facts" and an environment in which the last person to comment carries the day, no matter what the comment, no matter if based in fact or opinion--one risks judging incorrectly, based on non-facts believed to be truth.  I REALLY don't like that.

How do we return to the day when the printed word is truth (as far as it can be known), and not opinion or intentional untruth?  Maybe we never actually experienced that situation.  In the '60's I was taught that Columbus discovered the "new world."  And each time my classmates or I questioned the teacher about the land already being populated by indigenous peoples, we were pooh-poohed or redirected or told to be quiet.

When told the world is flat, or the world is round, science and measurement can provide new places upon which to stand and achieve a new point of view that can open one's eyes to "new" truths.  If judge we must, let it be done impartially, and let it be based on fact and truth.   Let us admit our ignorance and then seek the knowledge that will fill our minds.


that beats a bible verse any day!



  • "Unless it's relevant to others, keep your judgments to yourself."

That is more relevant these days both in IT and outside of IT.  Some people just don't get it.
Alas, at times I am guilty of judging others  but I do try and keep it to myself....mostly.

Level 13

ah, once again....

“Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship.” - Yoda


isn't it too easy to jump to the negative with words like judge?

Every day each of us will use good judgement in a positive way, sometimes we will do so negatively, but I like to think that on balance we should end up on the positive side.

Its almost like the word has negative baggage attached to it.

Level 14

Try not judge your fellow man

We’re all dealt a different hand,

Go walk a mile in his shoes

Try expanding your narrow views.

That foreshadowing--"Luminous beings are we . . ."--lead us to more easily accept the transition of Obi-wan and Yoda to luminous beings that existed to guide Luke beyond the end of their physical existence.  Truly they showed they were luminous beings.


Level 12

Ohhh... I thought you meant judging one's hair. Which I can no longer do, given the lack thereof. (Atop my head...)

Judging (here comes the judge, here comes the judge) is absolutely necessary in our work, lest we end up with the first product that comes to us, rather than reviewing multiple products and choosing the most appropriate. It is also necessary to continue to judge products and solutions, to ensure they continue to provide the necessary and sufficient services with required reliability.

The other challenge comes in handing down the verdict - as our requirements change, should we consider changing products, always a huge undertaking, or do we ask our current provider and hope they can meet our new requirements in sufficient time?

Level 12

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye."

Matthew 7:1-5


Great comments adatole​ We are called upon constantly to make judgement and yet we are told constantly to not judge. The key is to make right judgement and those only come by having a standard to which things can be compared.

Imagine what Solarwinds would be like if there were no baselines, no metrics - everything was just "how you see it." I see the server up, you see it down - eh, it's all good. You say the internet is slow today, I say I can see cats, that's good. It's funny how we all want standards - "really his quarter pounder weighs 2 pounds, but mine is 1/3 pound, that's not fair" - except when they come to ourselves. We always want the benefit of the doubt, but are seldom willing to give it.

Level 15

Matthew 7:1-3King James Version (KJV)

7 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

As hard as it can be to forgive when we are wronged, we have to remember we need to forgive all and our heavenly father will forgive who he forgives and judge all according to their works.  I don't believe that means we will be black and white, but more of a reflection.  If you are mostly good, you will be chastised for your sins, but can be forgiven...  regardless of your faith or lack of, one day we will all meet at the judgement seat.   See you there...

Level 21

I love the post adatole​!  I especially love the part about judging designs.  Too often I feel that designs don't go judged or questioned enough because people are afraid of making each other feel bad or when they are people get defensive.  What we need to realize is that we are stronger as a team and that we need to submit ideas and designs without emotions attached so when they are judged by others it's only for the sake of making it better for all.

I judge all the time! I determine the results of test I perform. What is that noise coming from under the dishwasher? I form critical opinions about all kinds of thoughts, ideas, behaviour, etc. How else would I ever make a decision and stick to it? Or judge that an opinion I hold does not stand up in light of more recent facts and thus change my own mind.

As a manager I have to resolve disputes sometimes, I have to look at my staff and judge their behaviour and performance, and I have to do the same for vendors. When sitting in judgement of my staff, over the years, I keep in mind that they can not be evaluated against unspoken or communicated expectations. If I or the company never said, "We expect this from you." then I can not hold them accountable for failing to meet that goal. However, if it was clearly articulated then they will be judged against that goal.


I evaluate the people I hang around with, I only have so much time and resources, so I can not be everybody's best friend - otherwise I would be a friend to no one. My wife and I have had the experience of dealing with a friends behaviour and letting them know that it was unacceptable. Only once did it result in the loss of a friendship. Most times it leads to a better understanding and appreciation of each other because it involves sharing a lot. It is also not judging the entire person, it is judging a behaviour or actions.

While it is difficult to do, I try to recognize where a bias is informing my judgement. Is that bias based on reality, merely a stereotype, unspoken expectations, past similar experiences, or some evolutionary advantageous meme? Social scientists have done a variety of studies about unconscious bias and how it impacts our judgement of others. Personally, I really like the caveats mentioned by Rabbi Davidovich particularly "When uncertain, judge favorably." (Avos 1:6) except when the motion in the bushes might be a tiger, then my judgement would be to run away!

Level 12

Everyone judges everyone else due to their own insecurities.

Level 10

'I don't trust this man,' said Nijel. 'I try not to judge from first impressions, but I definitely think he's up to no good.'

'He had you thrown in a snake pit!'

'Perhaps I should have taken the hint.'



Personally I say Try not to be quick to judge. Though I will also add, there is the hesitation before judging, and there is also the habit of making excuses for others so that you're not judging things straight away.... to a point where you don't see the obvious anymore. It's okay to judge. Just try to take in all information first, then its okay to make a judgment. Being open to the opinion that you may be wrong, ask for the facts before that judgment is changed.

Level 11

We all judge every day, even if it's just judging which route to take home. Of course, we also judge all the time at work. Every time we prioritize our tasks, we have to judge what priority to assign to each. For good, bad, or indifferent, we also judge each other.

Regardless of what -- or who -- you are judging, I have found the single most useful thing is patience. Avoid judging on a first impression whenever you can. Whether evaluating traffic, a potential new app for the network, or a new colleague, get the most complete picture you can of its pros and cons before judging something or someone.

Level 11


a public official appointed to decide cases in a court of law.

Level 11

Don't judge. You never know what the other is going through.

Thinking is difficult, that's why most people Judge. - Carl Jung

Level 11

Level 9

I always try to check my own confirmation bias before judging.

Level 10


I would like to make a post worthy of 200 points but I fear it will not very good.  I guess I should not judge myself so harshly.

I will post this anyway and let others be the judge.


Also their own strengths. All your past experiences bring you to that moment. Make you who you are.  Physically, psychologically, in space, and in time - your totality. If it were only one's weaknesses brought to bare in making a judgement, one's life might not go so well.

Level 10


Level 12

In IT we always tend to judge people and things whether we realize it or not. That pesky end user who always has an issue that is resolved by rebooting their pc instead of logging off. When you see their name or number come up on the phone you immediately judge the situation after a while. Same thing with just about anything else. Judging is just another word for conclusion. When you think about a problem that you were just informed of, you may come up with a preliminary issue to look at. That is just another way to judge something. I do my best not to judge things to quickly because I may not know the whole story behind it, I also apply this to people. But that does not stop me from coming up with a quick thought on something from time to time.

Level 12


adatole​ said, "Judge execution based on the Pareto Principal". Egads!

I prefer the Lombardi credo, "Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence."

Judge yourself to the highest regard. To accept only 80% means that you are satisfied with a B- or a C+. Do better!

Level 12

These should be pinned at the top of every social media platform.

  • "Suspend Judgment until you get more facts."
  • "Judge slowly"
  • "When uncertain, judge favorably."
  • "Unless it's relevant to others, keep your judgments to yourself."

I might print one out and hang it in my department.

Level 12


Level 9

You can't judge a book by its cover - oldie but goodie and so true....

Level 11

John 8:7 "And as they continued to ask Him, He [Jesus] stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”

It's so easy to judge people but I have to remember that it's not my place to judge, only God's!

Level 10







Of course there is the way that management judges technology.   On price!   😉

Level 9

Judge all ideas and implementations for completion. Without a judging mind we would accept all things that we hear!

Level 20

Judging things and especially people if often too easy to do without enough thought.

Level 15


Just the tone of the word seems almost ominous.

Maybe it's because we have an innate fear of being judged. Maybe it's because we are afraid that we will be unjust in our own judgments.

Personally, I think it's the former for me. But overall, maybe we give too much negative power to the word and need to readjust our notions of meaning so that we can see how mutually beneficial judgments are. Our judgments lead to choices, and used correctly can be the compass that guides those choices towards our moral "True North".

Level 10

Judge - Judgement day - Day of Reckoning - We all will be judged eventually. Know who you are and how you want to contribute to this world before that time comes.

Level 17

It's easy for us to judge. It's another thing to think we are capable of passing judgement. And still another thing to have empathy for others, consider what motivated their actions, and to reserve (or suspend) judgement altogether.

It's hard to do when you are working in IT though, because there is pressure to perform your tasks (especially troubleshooting) in a quick fashion. As such we tend to judge. When Adam Accountant calls to complain the server is slow, we judge because we know there is a 90% chance he wrote a bad query. It's a hard habit to break, because it is also a habit that helps us perform in our roles.

Agreed. Learning when to hold our own tongues is helpful so that we aren't loading ourselves with prejudice before we even know what's going on.

Level 10

Let us therefore not judge anything before time or before hearing the other party.

To what measure we judge we ourselves will be judged.

Level 10

Love this quote:

Don't judge my choices without understanding my reasons..

Level 12

Never judge other you dont know what it is like until you are in their shoes.


Judgement is something that we do almost constantly. Judgement is not bad but judging without facts and/or judging simply out of personal bias is bad.

Level 12

to make a ruling or determination over.

About the Author
In my sordid career, I have been an actor, bug exterminator and wild-animal remover (nothing crazy like pumas or wildebeasts. Just skunks and raccoons.), electrician, carpenter, stage-combat instructor, American Sign Language interpreter, and Sunday school teacher. Oh, and I work with computers. Since 1989 (when you got a free copy of Windows 286 on twelve 5¼” floppies when you bought a copy of Excel 1.0) I have worked as a classroom instructor, courseware designer, desktop support tech, server support engineer, and software distribution expert. Then about 14 years ago I got involved with systems monitoring. I've worked with a wide range of tools: Tivoli, Nagios, Patrol, ZenOss, OpenView, SiteScope, and of course SolarWinds. I've designed solutions for companies that were extremely modest (~10 systems) to those that were mind-bogglingly large (250,000 systems in 5,000 locations). During that time, I've had to chance to learn about monitoring all types of systems – routers, switches, load-balancers, and SAN fabric as well as windows, linux, and unix servers running on physical and virtual platforms.