The last Methods & Tools poll asked the following question: “Does your project use a software tool to plan, estimate and track project activities?” The good news is that most of the participants use a tool to manage their software development projects as only 19,5% operate without software. We should however note that the absence of software tools isn’t always synonym of poor project management practices. Agile recommends collocated project teams and face to face communication. In this context, physical visual boards and paper cards can be used for the backlog and sprint management activities. The numbers also show that the usage of open source tools is very close the results for commercial tools. A comparison between the results of our survey and some other studies on the same topic is also provided.
You can read here our complete thoughts about this survey on project management tools usage.