Using Audits to Control
When considering project audits versus project controls, think about a project you’ve recently worked on. You probably know what worked and what didn’t work, no matter what project management methodology you used right? But do you know why something didn’t work?
Some elements of projects can be identified along the way with set controls such as risk management and control plans. Other elements of your project may need a more in depth look to determine why your processes or set controls didn’t identify the problem, hence the need for project audits from time to time.
Project audits also give a new perspective to project processes and controls because they’re usually completed not by the project manager, but by another internal or external source. You may look at something 1,000 times and see no problems where an audit could find it quickly.
When you consider the world of project management and the old saying you can’t manage what you can’t control, you also can’t make improvements to processes or controls that aren’t audited.
While project audits versus project controls can be very similar, they are different and audits should be implemented from time to time to ensure your processes are correctly controlled.
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