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Experts say that interest in IT project management has grown substantially in recent years. A December 2010 report from Dice.com put project managers fourth on its list of the most in-demand IT jobs for 2011. And a Forrester report found that for 2011, CIO priorities are shifting from cost reduction to improving execution. As a result, they’re looking to the disciplines of project management and project portfolio management to help them “allocate resources effectively while killing off bad ideas quickly.”

Project managers have a huge list of software tools that can help them do their jobs, ranging from simple spreadsheets to groupware with collaboration features to full project management solutions. These tools can be very expensive, but a growing number of open source projects offer similar functionality without the high price tag.

For this list, we’ve assembled 55 different open source applications that can help IT teams manage their projects more effectively. In addition to project management (PM) and project portfolio management (PPM) software, we’ve included a number of other apps that can be helpful for project managers, including groupware and server software with some PM capabilities, bugtrackers and version control software for development teams, time tracking software, to-do lists and other tools that help teams collaborate and track their progress on projects.

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May 24th, 2011

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