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Why are internal project audits difficult to perform?

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How come internal project audits are always difficult to perform? And why are they much more difficult than external audits?
asked 9 years ago by anonymous

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External auditors are more credible, even if the internal auditor does exactly the same thing in exactly the same way.  They are not biased, nor swayed by the emotional attachment to current conditions that internal auditors are presumed to have.
answered 8 years ago by anonymous
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What do you mean by external project audits, do you mean project audits done by individuals external to the organization? If so, then I think what makes internal project audits difficult is company politics (scratch my back and I'll scratch yours), which means that the internal auditor may be in a position where the project manager is his friend, he owes the project manager something, or he wants the project manager to owe him something. Internal project audits are also more difficult because of the prejudice (for example, the project auditor thinks that the project manager he's auditing is not the greatest, so he's more thorough in his audit).

On the flip side, internal project audits can sometimes be easier because the project auditor knows a lot about the project and the organization (after all, he works there).
answered 8 years ago by LonelyProjectManager (4,420 points)

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