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Agile Auditing

Fundamentals and Applications

Catlin, Raven / Watkins, Ceciliana

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1. Auflage August 2021
336 Seiten, Hardcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd

ISBN: 978-1-119-69332-1
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Master new, disruptive technologies in the field of auditing

Agile Auditing: Fundamentals and Applications introduces readers to the applications and techniques unlocked by tested and proven agile project management principles. This book educates readers on an approach to auditing that emphasizes risk-based auditing, collaboration, and speedy delivery of meaningful assurance assessments while ensuring quality results and a focus on the areas that pose the greatest material risks to the business under audit.

The discipline of auditing has been forever changed via the introduction of new technologies, including:
* Machine learning
* Virtual Conferencing
* Process automation
* Data analytics

Hugely popular in software development, the agile approach is just making its way into the field of audit. This book provides concrete examples and practical solutions for auditors who seek to implement agile techniques and methods.

Agile Auditing is perfect for educators, practitioners, and students in the auditing field who are looking for ways to introduce greater levels of efficiency and effectiveness to their discipline.

Tables and Figures



About the Authors

Raven Catlin

Ceciliana Watkins



List of Acronyms

Part I: Building an Understanding of Agile and Auditing

Chapter 1 What Is Agile?

Agile Is a Framework

Definitions of Agile

The Agile Manifesto

Agile Frameworks

Scrum Framework

Scrum/Agile Roles

Scrum Artifacts

Scrum Activities (Scrum Events)

Recipe: Explaining the Concept


Chapter 2 What Is Audit?

Defining Audit

Types of Audits

Internal Audits

Government Audits

External Audits

Audit Customers

Knowledge Areas for Auditors







Skills for Auditors

Audit Project Life Cycle

Phase 1: Initiation/Starting the Project

Phase 2: Planning/Organizing and Preparing

Phase 3: Execution/Carrying Out the Work

Phase 4: Closeout/Completing the Project

Traditional, Waterfall Audit Process: A Real-Life View of the Problems

Identifying, Assessing, and Responding to Delivery Risks

Recipe: Building Auditor Knowledge and Skills


Chapter 3 Traditional Audit Processes and Practices

Audit Jargon

Traditional Entity-Level Audit Planning

Traditional Audit Engagement Planning

Traditional Audit Engagement Fieldwork

Traditional Audit Engagement Reporting


Chapter 4 What Is Agile Audit?

The Journey of Agile Auditing

What Is Agile Auditing?

Overview of the Agile Audit Process

Skills for Agile Auditors


Chapter 5 Why Agile Audit?

Avoid the Jurassic Auditor

What's Your Why?

Who Is Using Agile Auditing?

Starting Your Agile Auditing Change Transformation

Agile Audit Frameworks

What Are the Benefits of Agile Auditing?

Can Agile Auditing Help Me Solve Problems in the Audit Process?


Chapter 6 Creating the Agile Mindset

What Is an Agile Mindset?

Build a Passion for Being Agile

Start with Auditor Self-Assessments

Do I Need to Call It Agile Auditing?

Recipe: Getting Auditor Buy-In


Part II: Implementing Agile Auditing

Chapter 7 Implementing Agile Auditing: Deciding Your Approach and Your Agile Audit Project Roles

Choosing Your Implementation Strategy

Full Agile Strategy

Pilot Agile Strategy

Agile Lite Strategy

Dealing with Titles

Product Owner

Scrum Master

Delivery Team Members (Developers)

Dealing with People Challenges


Chapter 8 Implementing Agile Auditing: The Audit Planning Process

Nontraditional Audit Planning (Agile Audit Planning)

Dynamic Risk Assessments and Audit Planning

Data-Driven Risk Assessments and Audit Planning

Risk Universe Prioritizations and Audit Planning

Product Backlog

User Story




Chapter 9 Implementing Agile Auditing: Planning Agile Audit Engagements

Planning Agile Audit Resources

Agile Audit Planning Steps

Step 1: Hold the Sprint Planning Meeting

Step 2: Agree on the Definition of Done

Step 3: Agree on the Definition of Ready

Step 4: Determine Your Project Tasks and Create Your Taskboard/Sprint Backlog

Step 5: Prepare the Project Canvas and Other Planning Documents

Agile Jargon

Using Agile Auditing to Solve Engagement Planning Problems

Poor Time Budgets/Estimates to Complete Audits


Chapter 10 Implementing Agile Auditing: Executing the Agile Audit

Testing with the Audit Client

Workpaper Documentation in an Agile Audit Environment

Managing Scope Creep

Audit Findings

Using Agile Auditing to Solve Engagement Execution Problems


Chapter 11 Implementing Agile Auditing: Communicating Agile Audit Results

Report Writing

Daily Meetings to Communicate "Bugs," Deficiencies, and Findings

Sprint Review

Do I Still Need a Report?

Sprint Retrospective

Using Agile Auditing to Solve Engagement Communication and Reporting Problems


Part III: Special Considerations

Chapter 12 Agile Auditing in the "New Normal" Environment (Remote Auditing)

The New Normal

Existing Technologies

Virtual Conferencing

Data Analytics (DA)

New Technologies and Agile Audit

Robotics Desktop Applications, Robotics Process Automation, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence

Issues to Consider When Implementing These Technologies

How Are These Technologies Affecting Audit, and How Can We Use Them to Become More Agile?

Recipe for Starting DA


Chapter 13 Lean and Agile Auditing

What Is Lean?

Eliminating Waste Using Agile Auditing


Chapter 14 Exploring Kanban Agile Auditing

What Is Kanban?

When Can I Use Kanban?

Kanban Principles Applied to Agile Auditing

Managing Workflow, the Kanban Way


Chapter 15 Merging Risk-Based Auditing and Integrated Auditing with Agile Auditing

Stop Creating Kitchen Sink Audits!

What Is Risk-Based Auditing (RBA)?

Extreme Risk-Based Auditing

Can I Still Complete Integrated Audits in Agile Auditing?

Nuggets 152

Chapter 16 Building the Auditor Toolbelt and Self-Managing Agile Audit Teams

Agile Auditing as a Tool

Skills Needed to Be an Agile Auditor

Becoming an Integrated Auditor in an Agile Audit World

Using Scrum Values to Create Self-Managing Agile Audit Teams

Benefits of Dealing with Self-Managing Teams

Cautions of Dealing with Self-Managing Teams


Chapter 17 Preparing Your Organization for Agile Auditing/Creating the Agile Culture

What Is Culture?

Changing Others' Perception of Auditors

Participatory Auditing

Influencing a Culture That Supports Agile Auditing

The Influence of the Grateful Agile Leader

What Do You Want for the Other Person?

What Do You Want for Yourself?

What Do You Want for Your Relationship with the Other Person?

Ideal Conditions for Agile Auditing


Chapter 18 Passing Your Quality Assessment Review in an Agile Audit Environment

Government Auditors

Internal Auditors

External Auditors

Agile Auditing and Your QAR

Audit Independence and Objectivity: Working with People over Processes and Tools

Audit Planning: Doing What's Right and Adding Value over Following a Preset Inflexible Plan

Audit Documentation: Providing Relevant and Timely Insights over Extensive Audit Documentation

Audit Report and Supervision: Client Collaboration and Relationship Building over Audit Report Negotiation


Chapter 19 Nuggets for Agile Audit Success

Appendix A Glossary of Terms

Appendix B Product Backlog Template

Appendix C Agile Audit Example


RAVEN CATLIN is a veteran audit practitioner and Founder and CEO of Raven Global Training, an organization that provides custom training to business professionals in internal audit, internal controls, risk management, data analytics, and governance. As a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, she advocates for continual improvement in audit practices.

CECILIANA WATKINS is Founder and CEO of Team Oriented Solutions and a trainer in risk management, internal audit, and Agile project management. She previously served as an online course facilitator for Boston University, a trainer and facilitator for Raven Global Training, and the internal audit division manager for a large state government agency.

R. Catlin, Institute of Internal Auditors; C. Watkins, Boston University