Undertaking Project Audits to get Projects on Track


Auditing key projects and assessing risk for projects can be a highly worthwhile endeavor that can save an organization significant embarrassment as well as time and money. The purpose of a project audit (sometimes referred to as a project health check) is to uncover problematic issues, concerns and challenges during the execution of the project and correct them before it`s too late. It provides an interim view of what has gone well and what needs improvement within the project plan to successfully complete the project. Conducting a project audit mid-way through can help struggling projects to get back on track by uncovering problems. At the close of a project a project audit can provide a forensic review of the project and help develop success criteria for future projects.

Learning how to audit a project gives you the ability to positively impact your organization’s profits, shareholders and customers. It will help leaders make well-informed decisions.

Session Focus

Learn how to conduct an in-depth audit or improve your own project auditing processes; what elements of a project should be audited and how to develop and report on the audit findings to ensure the report findings get implemented. We will use various case study examples during this workshop to teach you how to audit different types of projects. This includes: implementation of a new IT system; a mining project; the design and production of a new automobile, public sector projects and other case studies. You will work through the major stages of a project audit and also engage in a risk assessment process that you can apply to all of your project audits.

Who Should Attend?

  • External and Internal Auditors
  • Accounting Department Directors and Managers
  • Directors of Project Management Offices
  • Senior Project Managers
  • Programme Managers
  • Engineers
  • Management who are accountable for the successful execution of projects

Key Outcomes

  • Understand how to get a project that’s in crisis back on track.
  • Discover how to complete an effective project audit from beginning to end that will:
    • Uncover opportunities for successful completion of a project or program within the constraints of time, budget and customer expectations.
    • Identify issues, concerns and challenges preventing program and project success.
    • Uncover leadership’s “success criteria” for the program audit so that you are able to meet management’s individual and collective needs.
    • Understand how to plan the audit and conduct interviews with: steering committee members, sponsors, project team members and key stakeholders who will be impacted by the program to clarify expectations.
    • Learn how to analyze a project to get to the root cause of problems and opportunities.
  • Apply a project risk management process.
  • Review the project’s change management process.
  • Discover how to audit the project’s quality.
  • Audit the project’s methodology, processes, tools and templates.
  • Apply the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), ISO 10006:2003 Guidelines for Quality Management in Projects and ISO 21500 Guidance on Project Management.
  • Analyze the project schedules, budgets and quality performance.
  • Discover how to prepare a project audit report to management with specific recommendations for overall performance improvement of the project.

Course Duration

2 Days