The other day I was in a meeting to discuss a new analytics project and discovered the team had no end goal.
When the discussion started with the software to be used, I knew they were already off track.
I stopped the discussion and asked the following questions:
- What is the business problem that you are trying to solve?
- What will the end result of this analysis be? A report, a dashboard, a widget?
- Who will use the end result and what decision will be made based on it?
I was told those items would be figured out as they went along. Yikes!
Whenever you hear that answer, relay that to your audit management and get input.
Oh, did I mention that the project team consisted of my colleagues in the audit department? And that those same auditors create audit issues when we see the business side of the house do just that? And that audit management is part of the project team AND was the one who said, “We’ll figure it out…”?
It frustrates me to no end that auditors think they are above the requirements that they expect the rest of the business to follow….so much for audit integrity.