Do you struggle with what needs to be done in an audit–and what does not? Do you perform audit procedures (because they are in a standard audit program) but you’re not sure why? Do you want to be more efficient? You are not alone.
While audit forms—like risk assessment, audit planning, and audit program—are necessary, they can make us feel like a blind man being led by the hand. If you’re like me, you want to see, to know where you’re going and why. To gain sight, we need to go back to the basics.
Each year, Vince Lombardi (the revered coach of the Green Bay Packers) held a pigskin up and said, “This is a football.” And he did so with the best players in the world. He knew that winning is all about basics: blocking, tackling, passing, running. Understanding fundamentals brings clarity and power. And that’s what I’m after in The Why and How of Auditing. I’ll strip away the technical mumbo-jumbo and make auditing accessible, even for beginners. Moreover, experienced auditors will profit as you revisit what matters (and what does not).
The Why and How of Auditing
Here’s an overview of the upcoming posts:
- The Why and How of Acceptance and Continuance
- The Why and How of Risk Assessment
- The Why and How of Fraud Auditing
- The Why and How of Audit Planning
- The Why and How of Auditing Cash
- The Why and How of Auditing Receivables/Revenue
- The Why and How of Auditing Property
- The Why and How of Auditing Payables/Expenses
- The Why and How of Auditing Payroll
- The Why and How of Auditing Debt
- The Why and How of Auditing Equity
- The Why and How of Wrapping Up Audits
- The Why and How of Project Management
Moving from Wasteful Auditing to Efficient Auditing
In the cartoons I read as a kid, Lucy would say to Charlie Brown, “I will hold the ball, and you kick,” but as Charlie Brown would lean into his launch, she would pull away. And you remember the result: Charlie Brown, lying on his backside.
Some audit procedures (like the invitation to kick) are tempting. They call us (like a familiar friend), but they are a waste of time–even if we have done these steps for years. In the end, they leave us staring at the sky. So, we need to know what is best and what is necessary. Then, we can avoid waste.
This series provides you with what you need to know—without excess baggage. By design, the series is simple. Why? To provide clarity. I want you to understand the basics of auditing.
When you’re done, you’ll understand auditing, possibly in a way you never have. Then you’ll work with greater confidence and effectiveness. So, let’s begin.
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