I never really understood would I want to use sticky notes/cards in my
agile projects rather than use a software tools. After all we write
software for others - how can we say that software is not a good enough
solution for us ?
For instance, in our team we use Mingle by Thoughtworks
I think it is one of the best tools for project management I've ever
used. Its serves us well for sprint planning, daily scrums etc. Among
other things it gives you "digital" sticky notes which you can drag
around to move between statuses or whatnot - just perfect.
And yet, last week when we were pushing for completing our first
major milestone I decided to try real sticky notes, and finally I
understood the difference - constant visibility.
Computerized tasks seem to be just as accessible as physical cards but in fact they aren't. Yes, everyone can
see the status whenever they want. But the fact that you can doesn't
mean that you do. Digital cards don't have the "in-your-face" kind of
effect that always visible notes has. I've seen a notable difference
in maintaining the dev team's focus and making managers (the CEO in my
case) feel they are in the loop and that progress is constantly made.
My conclusion is clear. While I still use electronic tools, I guess, until we'd have large enough e-ink
boards to allow us to get the same effect physicals cards give us I'll
just have to keep restocking my sticky notes inventory :)