Preface: This question is asking for a commonly accepted approach of managing specific aspects of a team (if such an approach exists).
As one of my tasks of leading a team of professionals, I have to assign tasks to them and have a general idea of which major tasks are approximately going to be tackled next by who and in what order.
In particular, I need to keep an overview of:
- Who is working on which tasks?
- For each of my team members, which tasks are next in line?
- Which ones of these tasks are expected to be done in this week, next week, the week after next week?
I am looking for a way to have a visual overview of this information. I believe this is a very common situation for heads of small-ish teams. Therefore I wonder:
Is there a standard technique or notation to keep this kind of an overview?
Note that I am explicitly not asking for any concrete products that provide me with this overview, but for the (name of the) general approach, if any. Also, I am not looking for suggestions or various different solutions that may or may not be suitable. What I am asking is whether there is any commonly used approach to visualize the described information. That is, I could easily draft my own solution, but I do not want to reinvent the wheel if there already is a common standard approach for this kind of management task.
I think it would normally be some kind of a tabular notation. I have thought of and looked into Kanban, but it does not seem quite what I am looking for, as it focuses on items sequentially going through different process steps.