Most organizations find that an empowered team will improve the effectiveness of the IT auditing function. Such a team has the appropriate authority, resources, and skills to perform a project, determine the solution, and implement that solution without outside intervention. Audit management should establish certain guidelines for the teams to follow. Management may approve team assignments, but the team can use whatever resources are necessary to complete that assignment.
Effective Use of Teams in IT Audits presents four approaches to ensure the effective use of teams:
1. Assessing team effectiveness. An auditing function can use a self-assessment document to determine whether it is using teams effectively.
2. Organizing and managing teams. Several suggestions are provided for staffing, organizing, and managing these teams.
3. Using teams to conduct reviews during an audit. This six-step approach uses peers to review peers, as opposed to supervisors to control subordinates. The review process provides checklists for use in conducting these peer reviews.
4. Using teams to improve audit processes. A detailed six-step improvement process is provided as a tool for improving audit processes.
Team tools are significant ultimate team success. This book includes suggestions for building a team toolbox, and an appendix describing effective team tools.
Table of Contents
Self Assessing Team Effectiveness
Using Teams Versus Taking a Hierarchical Approach
Using Teams for Reviewing IT Audits
Using Teams for Process Improvement
Selecting, Building, and Managing Teams
Building A Team Toolbox
Team Toolbox: Pareto Principle and Analysis
Team Tools: Affinity Diagrams
Surveys and Interviews: What is a Structured Interview, and When Should It be Used?