We follow Agile and Scrum methodologies. In Scrum, on each day of a sprint, the team holds a daily scrum meeting called the “daily scrum.” Meetings are typically held in the same location (we use Skype / Hangout / GoToMeeting / slack/voice call for communication) and at the same time each day. Ideally, a daily scrum meeting is held in the morning, as it helps set the context for the coming day’s work. These scrum meetings are time-boxed to 10 to 15 minutes.
During the daily scrum, each team member answers the following three questions:
1) What did you do yesterday?
2) What will you do today?
3) Are there any impediments in your way?
By focusing on what each developer accomplished yesterday and will accomplish today, the team gains an excellent understanding of what work has been done and what work remains, so this is how you can have full transparency and control over your project and developers.