Judgment Call The Game

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Method Overview

Judgment Call the Game is a team-based game that centers on Microsoft’s principles of ethics, designed for technology professionals to further understand the ethical implications of product work and implement their findings into future work.

Framework of ethics used:



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Getting Started

You will need 

Materials: Whiteboard, pencils/pens, index cards, dry erase markers  

Participants: Group


  1. Choose a product or fictional scenario that is most representative or useful to your work context
  2. Identify the direct, indirect, and excluded stakeholders that are involved in this scenario 
  3. Draw a rating card, stakeholder card, ethical principle card and a new card based on the wild card you drew at the beginning of the game
  4. Use the cards you drew to write a review with the scenario in mind
  5. Share your reviews and discuss the results

Further Reading

YouTube. (2019, February 15). Judgment call 2019. YouTube. Retrieved February 11, 2022, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXqlAXEMGI0&ab_channel=EthicsandSociety

Visit http://houseofmethods.com/pdf/microsoft-judgment-call.pdf for more detailed instruction about the method.


Stephanie Ballard, Karen M Chappell, and Kristen Kennedy. 2019. Judgment Call the Game: Using Value Sensitive Design and Design Fiction to
Surface Ethical Concerns Related to Technology. In Proceedings of the 2019 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference (San Diego, CA, USA) (DIS
’19). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 421–433. https://doi.org/10.1145/3322276.3323697

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