Report from GAM the Second - A True Disaster in the Making

Posted on Mar 24, 2014

I may have talked about this one before, but Virginia Gambale brought it up in today's general session and I figure it is worth talking about again. She is a huge advocate of auditing the disaster recovery plan or, at the very least, having some sort of assurance that the plan is effective. From the back of the room I shout Hallelujah and Amen!
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What Internal Auditors Can Learn from Pixar Number 4

Posted on Mar 21, 2014

"The oversight group had been put in place without anyone asking a fundamental question: How do we enable our people to solve problems? Instead they asked 'How do we prevent our people from screwing up?'"
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What Internal Auditors Can Learn from Pixar Number 5

Posted on Mar 21, 2014

"Making the process better, easier, and cheaper is an important aspiration, something we continually work on – but it is not the goal. Making something great is the goal."
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What Internal Auditors Can Learn from Pixar Number 3

Posted on Mar 19, 2014

"For all the care you put into artistry, visual polish frequently doesn't matter if you are getting the story right"

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What Internal Auditors Can Learn from Pixar Number 2

Posted on Mar 18, 2014

"Believe me, you don't want to be at a company where there is more candor in the hallways than in the rooms where fundamental ideas or matters of policy are being hashed out."
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What Internal Auditors Can Learn from Pixar

Posted on Mar 17, 2014

I recently received a free copy of Ed Catmull's new book, Creativity, Inc. No strings attached; just a copy with the idea that, if I was so inclined, I could write a review. As I was reading it, I kept stumbling across nuggets that made me think, "Auditors need to read this."
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Big Data: A Coda

Posted on Mar 11, 2014

I'll be honest (and I don't think I'm telling you something you don't already know), I have a tendency to oversimplify things. But for all the promises and threats and worry and volume and words and unending discussions about big data, I am not sure I see this as a new risk. 

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Big Data Is Only as Good as You Let It Be

Posted on Mar 10, 2014

Big data is a big topic.  It has been fascinating to watch the way this concept has taken root in the nomenclature; in the business world; in board rooms; and, more specifically, in internal audit discussions, planning, seminars, and conferences.  And many auditors struggle with understanding how we should respond to the risks and opportunities it provides.
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A Quick Note About Planning a Presentation

Posted on Mar 7, 2014

Just below this paragraph is a picture of a wall in the room where I work. Covering that wall is a close to unintelligible conglomeration of pieces of printed paper, hand-written blurbs, sticky notes, and various scribbles all aligned in the fashion of a storyboard

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Something New You Need to Know about Social Media Risks

Posted on Mar 3, 2014

There's a little something going on right now in the world of financial institutions. Even if your only involvement with financial institutions are the overdraft notices you throw away because you are almost certain they were sent to you in error,  you may want to pay attention. 
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