Lean Auditing: Driving Added Value and Efficiency in Internal Audit
"How can you argue with the core principles of Lean, that you focus on what provides value to your customer and eliminate work that is not necessary (muda)? Internal auditors need to understand not only who their primary customers are, but what is valuable to them - which in most cases is assurance that the risks that matter to the achievement of objectives are properly managed. We need to communicate what they need to know and not what we want to say. This incessant focus on the customer and the efficient production of a valued product should extend to every internal audit team. How else can we ensure that we optimize the use of our limited resources to address the dynamic business and risk environment within which our organizations operate?" Norman Marks, GRC Thought Leader
APPLY LEAN TECHNIQUES TO MAXIMIZE THE VALUE AND EFFICIENCY OF THE INTERNAL AUDIT FUNCTION
In today's world of financial constraints, increased regulations, and a focus on corporate governance, internal audit departments are under pressure to get the most from limited resources. However, there is a tendency for audits to get bogged down in detail, reducing productivity and restricting the organization it serves.
Lean Auditing offers board members, senior managers, finance professionals and internal auditors an important resource that clearly demonstrates the use of lean principles and techniques to both inspire and support internal audit to better understand what it means to add value, and to drive out unproductive activities. James C. Paterson explains in detail why adopting lean audit ways of working can enable internal audit to play a much greater role in contributing to organizational success and efficiency.
Lean Auditing outlines a selection of essential lean tools and techniques that have proven their worth in terms of driving greater effectiveness and efficiency. This vital resource highlights the principles and best practices that define successful internal audit departments and gives audit professionals the confidence to apply these techniques in their day-to-day work.