And just like that, another year has gone by. We've had a blast providing you with insights all throughout the year, covering audit report writing, project management, and coverage on emerging technology. Here we've compiled a list of the most read articles.

10. How Internal Audit Can Streamline Processes Through RACI Charts

Effective communication, teamwork, and accountability are key ingredients of efficient programs, processes, and projects. Unfortunately, many organizations suffer due to a misunderstanding of who’s responsible for what. Here, Dr. Hernan Murdock details how RACI Charts can help internal auditors overcome these challenges.

9. Speed Up Your Team's Performance With Data Analytics

Given the talents and skills that auditors possess (analyzing data, spotting trends, forming conclusions), auditors are in a perfect position in a company to be part of data analytic innovation. This article proposes a plan to fill in the gaps and implement data analytics in the business.

8. The Internal Auditor's Guide to Masterfully Speaking to Boards and Committees

The presentation skills that you were likely taught in high school and college in no way prepared you for the reality of delivering reports in front of boards and audit committees. This article is your crash-course in small group presentations and gives you two key areas to consider.

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7. How to Make Sure Every Audit Focuses on What Matters Most

An audit is a complex undertaking that requires internal auditors to examine documents, speak with employees, observe business practices, and evaluate controls in business programs and processes.

6. The Problem With Most Audit Reports

How do our stakeholders on the board and in top management assess the value of internal audit? What do we give them? What do they have on which to base their assessment?

5. Tone and the Chicken Little Dilemma 

By improving the tone of the audit report, auditors maintained – if not, increased – the integrity of findings and developed better relationships with their clients. Rather than brutal honesty, auditors became humanely honest. Here are four strategies to improve tone in your audit reports.

4. 7 Steps to Writing Better Root Causes Part 1

If done well and communicated properly, reporting the root cause can be the glue your report needs to tie findings to the overall health of the company and create significant change for the business. This article provides some strategies to use in writing and communicating root cause in audit findings.

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3. Effective Audit Committee Communication: Keys to Success for Internal Audit

Few things can derail the audit committee’s perception, confidence, and trust of internal audit faster and more profoundly than ineffective communications to and from the internal audit function.

2. 7 Steps to Overhaul Your Audit Report

This article won’t show you exactly how the report should look, but will you give you some of the basics to expunge elements of the old audit report so you can make room for the new audit report.

1. Five Elements of an Effective Audit Planning Process

After 25 years in internal audit, I have come to the conclusion that excellent audit planning is essential to ensuring an effective audit. What is a successful audit? A good measure is whether both audit management and the auditee feel good about the end results.

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