Proudly Admitting Failure - Where Did This Audit Go Wrong? Part 2

Posted on Jun 30, 2014

Subsequent to posting the first installment of this series I talked with a couple of people who, while couching their comments in the friendliest of terms, were effectively asking, "How can you be crazy enough to post such monumental failures?" They went on to question whether or not I could make the same points with less consequential examples – without airing laundry that was quite so dirty.
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A Quick Note About Required Reading

Posted on Jun 27, 2014

Normally I try my darnedest to find some way to pull, drag or twist the subject of these posts into the realms of internal audit. This time I'm not even going to try. This book is worth reading just because it is good and it is important.
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This Page Intentionally Left Blank

Posted on Jun 25, 2014

Sometimes, people are just too darned literal.

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Where Did This Audit Go Wrong?

Posted on Jun 23, 2014

When you think about an audit, what do you see? Is it a series of risks and tests and interviews and reports? Is it a conglomeration of workpapers? Is it the harmonious gestalt of many individuals' efforts? Is it the cobbled together concepts of auditee, auditor, managers, and executives? Or have you even given the concept much thought at all?
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The Geekiest Auditor in the World

Posted on Jun 18, 2014

In the past we have explored the special skills and attributes of the most interesting auditor in the world. Now it is time to pay honor to the one who resides at the other end of the spectrum – the geekiest auditor in the world.
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It's Not Scope Creep; It's Good Auditing

Posted on Jun 16, 2014

How often, in the middle of an audit, do you find something you didn't expect? How often do you stumble across something that doesn't quite fit the plans of the audit, but is important nonetheless? How often does the work you are doing during an audit reveal the need for the audit to become something different than you thought it would be. And how often do you let those new discoveries take their head and allow something different (maybe even better) to occur? 

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A Quick Note About the Continued Evidence of Creativity in Internal Audit

Posted on Jun 6, 2014

I just had the chance to speak to a group of internal auditors on the subject of creativity and it was a breath of fresh air, a deep drink from a sparkling stream, a joy-filled promenade on a brilliant spring day – a reminder that internal auditors can be more than ciphers, drudges, and manic rule-followers of the umpteenth kind.
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