How do I show Risk Level (RAG) on a Roadmap?

Transition Plan Powerpoint, with RAG Status Risk Level Legend

How to show the levels of risk, in a useful way, on a Project or Product Roadmap, so that it can be understood quickly.

How do I show Risk Level (RAG) on a Roadmap?

Use a “Red, Amber, Green” approach – this is also known as “RAG Status”.
Show a key in your Roadmap Legend.
Label each Roadmap item (each project item within each work stream) with Red, Amber or Green.
Some professionals choose to use a “TBD” (to be decided) colour coding too, if an item has not yet been assessed.

What does “RAG” mean in risk management?

RAG is an acronym that stands for “Red”, “Amber” and “Green”. Red is used for High Risk, Amber for Medium Risk, and Green for low risk. It is used due to it being familiar with traffic lights used in road traffic management.

Some examples of Risk levels on a Roadmap

Roadmap Legend

Roadmap legend showing Risk Level "RAG" colour coding.
Roadmap legend showing Risk Level “RAG” colour coding.

Roadmap project item showing Risk Level within a Workstream

MVP 3 workstreams and dashboard
MVP 3 workstreams and dashboard, showing RAG risk status in workstreams – Minimum Viable Product Template – MVP (Powerpoint)

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Last Updated : August 25th, 2020

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