“Project: Risky Decision” – a Card Game

I designed this teaching game in 2014 as a different sort of hands-on activity to supplement my Software Testing & Risk Management training sessions and presentations, specifically to highlight certain concepts around risk mitigation strategies.

This version of “Project: Risky Decision”, updated in 2020, is made available here as a free print-and-play card game in hopes it might do the same for you and your teams!


Project: Risky Decision is a fast-paced game of probabilities and eventualities where players take on the roles of Software Project Managers trying to release their projects successfully. Your company will rise or fall upon the success or failure of your risky decisions.

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Players must complete each game without exceeding the Impact Limit from realized risks that their project can absorb and still be considered a success.

Players mitigate the Likelihood and Impact values of their project risks with project events.

  • A lower Likelihood means a better chance of discarding the risk.
  • A lower Impact means fewer points accumulating towards the Impact Limit.

This is a free print-and-play card game.  Download here.


Related Articles & Presentations

Here are a few of the more relevant articles and presentations from this site about risk-based testing and risk management. Think about them as you play the game and vice-versa.


Thanks for Playing!

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About Trevor Atkins

Trevor Atkins (@thinktesting) has been involved in 100’s of software projects over the last 20+ years and has a demonstrated track record of achieving rapid ROI for his customers and their business. Experienced in all project roles, Trevor’s primary focus has been on planning and execution of projects and improvement of the same, so as to optimize quality versus constraints for the business. LinkedIn Profile
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