Report from GAM the Fourth - Too Much of a Good Thing

Posted on Mar 25, 2014

Yesterday, as I walked past the various sessions at GAM, I made an observation to myself. (Admit it; you have these inner dialogues, too. It means you're human, not insane. And I'm convinced of that because the vote inside my mind was "Not Insane", five to four. There were a number of abstentions. But we'll move on anyway.) I asked myself, "How many times can you hear someone speak on what the board expects from internal audit?"
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Report from GAM the Fifth - Future Present

Posted on Mar 25, 2014

When you go to conferences, you may notice an interesting thing. The conference may have a slogan or they may have titled tracks or they may have myriad other ways they are trying to "define" what the conference is all about. However, no matter what approach they have, you will generally find that your own theme develops.
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Report from GAM the First - The Mote, the Beam, and Emerging Technologies

Posted on Mar 24, 2014

Virginia Gambale, Managing Partner for Azimuth Partners and Director for JetBlue Airways, was the speaker for the opening session of this year's GAM. During the presentation she threw out a quick thought about how organizations are looking at the emerging opportunities that exist with social media, the cloud, and the ubiquity of personal devices toward changing the way those organizations deliver their products and services

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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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