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Virtual Classroom: Project Assurance

Crucial to internal audit success is an audit team that can deliver value adding audits in an efficient manner. This requires a good understanding of technical issues, but increasingly a range of softer skills.

Assurance and advice over projects and programmes

Combining his experience in finance, internal audit and HR, James Patterson delivers a range of impactful events to help any audit team deliver to a higher level.

On this day presenting Project Assurance, you will learn:

  • The fundamentals of success – benefits / functionality, cost/budget and timelines.
  • How easy it is to get things wrong and why.
  • Different project management frameworks – PMBOK, PMI, Prince II, Prince Lite, Agile.
  • The importance of role clarity all the way up to a project steering group.
  • Engaging 3rd parties/consultants and managing them.
  • Being clear about your appetite for risk (in a practical way).
  • How to obtain assurances at different stages of a project and what constitutes good assurance.
  • How to focus on what’s most important – to see the wood from the trees.

50 % will be key theories and 50 % practical issues/actions / solutions of those attending.

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.

Who should attend?

This course will be useful for experienced auditors/audit managers and heads of audit, and will also be valuable introductions to those involved in process excellence, working in IT, Health Safety & Environment and also Procurement and Project Management.


7 CPE points for CIA, CRMA and Diplomert internrevisor.


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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