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Virtual Classroom: Lean and agile audit in the COVID era

If you have been thinking about lean/agile ways of working, now is the time to bring this into practice and we can help with this one-day virtual course.

We have split the one-day virtual course into two half days :
Tuesday November 23rd from 13.00 – 16.30 and Wednesday November 24th from 9.00 to 12.15. We will be using Zoom for this session and offer training in advance to get you familiar with Zoom and make sure you are able to log on. If your organiszation do not allow Zoom and you have no other access to a private computer or i-pad, you are welcome to attend from our office in Vika, Oslo via IIA Norway’s computer.

If you need to lear more about:

  • understand adding value, and waste
  • understand key lean and agile techniques to maximise value, address dissatisfiers, reduce waste and improve speed, without jeopardising assignment quality
  • refining assignment breadth and depth
  • leveraging known issues / knowing when to stop
  • shortening reports with killer facts and consequences that matter
  • revisiting metrics – who needs timesheets at the moment?
  • changes to behaviours and team ways of working.

Who should attend?

Experienced auditors, audit managers and heads of internal audit.

What will I learn?

Upon completion you will be able to:

  • explain value using the Kano technique
  • understand key lean approaches
  • understand key agile basics
  • be able to apply these techniques to all key stages of an audit: assignment planning, work programme development, assignment delivery, reporting
  • the key behaviours and ways of working as a team to deliver at pace without sacrificing quality.

Course programme

  • explain value using the Kano technique – delighters, satisfiers and dissatisfiers
  • understanding key lean approaches: Gemba, Mura, Muri, Muda (linked to waste); Just in time, Adnon, Jidoka, Flow, SIPOC.
  • understand key agile basics: minimum viable product, sprints, scrums, stand-ups, backlogs
  • improving assignment planning and delivery disciplines, with improved focus on what work should be done, a better sense of how to approach testing, using data analytics and knowing when to stop (intelligent flexibility)
  • thinking about findings to ensure more valuable insights with impact and a brief introduction to root cause analysis
  • ways to drive the audit closing, reporting, follow-up processes and post assignment learning
  • effective metrics for audit, balancing qualitative and quantitative
  • behaviours that change when an audit team is lean and agile; managing change without disrupting assignment delivery.

CPE competency areas covered

  • Critical thinking
  • Improvement and innovation
  • 7 CPE points


James C. Paterson is a finance professional who then became the Chief Audit Executive for AstraZeneca PLC. He has been consulting and training since 2010 and delivers workshops for 12 IIA institutes across Europe, including Belgium. Finland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. James has also presented at several 3 IIA International conferences on a range of topics. He is the author of the book “Lean Auditing” which is about new ways of auditing to drive efficiency and effectiveness and added value. His specialist areas of work include Assurance Mapping, Root cause analysis, Audit culture and influencing and political savvy for internal auditors.

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