My team has outgrown Basecamp, and we're playing with Confluence + Jira. So far, we're really liking Confluence. One feature I can't seem to find, however, is something akin to Basecamp's automatic check-in feature.
With this feature, each week, an automatic question goes out asking our team:
1. What they are working on
2. Potential roadblocks ahead for the week
3. Anything else they'd like to share
This allows us to reduce the need for real-time, in-person check-ins. Is there any functionality in Confluence that is similar to what I am describing above?
@Jonty Yamisha I would also suggest looking into using boards and dashboards in Jira. I have been successful in constructing dashboards that provide all of this information in real-time to answer the questions that you are asking. Then there is no reason to have individuals report back unless that is part of your process.
Here are some great resources: