What is a word or phrase meaning "to bring in account" or "to bring into a controlled state"?
I don't think "to bring into account" is exactly the phrase I'm looking for... I want to convey the idea of taking something which is in an unknown state and beginning to manage or know the state. I don't want to imply only discovery or management of the state, but both.
For example: "The software developers finally _____ their messy project by setting up a version control system." (the example sentence can be re-worked to fit the phrase if necessary)