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Lean & Agile Auditing on demand

Lean and agile techniques provide tools and techniques to eliminate waste, maximise impact and increase value adding activities – key for many internal audit functions.

They also point us towards ways to audit in a progressive way. At the same time, we must remain compliant with IIA standards.

Watch the videos with James Paterson giving a short introduction to these themes:

  1. Why lean and agile (4:59)
  2. Lean (4:16)
  3. Lean – Insights (4:46)
  4. Lean Tools: Spaghetti diagram/SIPOC (4:49)
  5. Lean – a family of techniques (4:43)
  6. Agile (4:56)
  7. Lean/Agile: similarities & differences (4:58)
  8. Lean Auditing (4:52)
  9. Lean Auditing and IIA Standards (4:50)
  10. Agile Auditing (4:58)
  11. Internal Audit application of lean/agile (4:27)
  12. Other training/VLOGs (4:59)

If you would like to:

  • understand the fundamentals of lean, lean six sigma and agile
  • reconsider who are the key customers of internal audit, what adds value and what doesn’t
  • reflect on the role of IA – for example how do you reduce time on follow-up assignments
  • improve assignment planning, with key exam questions
  • ensure stakeholders understand what is in/out of scope from a breadth and a depth perspective
  • how to generate work programmes at pace
  • drive “flow” through the assignment process and making progress in prioritised bite sized chunks via sprints, scrums/stand-ups and up-dating backlogs
  • be clear about root cause analysis fundamentals (lean technique key for insight)
  • reappraise reporting and action-planning, both in terms of the length of reports, the way they are written and the process for writing reports and agreeing actions
  • understand the measures that drive lean/agile ways of working, but also ensure compliance with IIA standards – and do we really need timesheets?
  • gain some practical insights around where to start first and some of the behavioural changes that are needed.

…we can arrange an one day course with more in-debth training. Contact Ellen Brataas or send a message to


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.