It's refreshing therefore to get the chance to work with a business who have recognised how much benefit there is to be had from bringing their audit team together to jointly learn from each other and from a tutor and expand their own and the business skill set. Auditing can be lonely work, so the chance to sit down with other auditors and talk about things which are of concern, questions which need answering and to look once again at those standards which form the background of our work is usually very much welcomed.
I know from my own experience that I like to 'chew over' in my mind what has gone well and not so well on an audit, and I am no different to any other auditor in that respect I guess. How much more could I get out of 'chewing it over' with some colleagues? Probably quite a lot and that's why I will often discuss particular issues with colleagues as a sounding board.
I've just run a one day workshop for a group of auditors, who came together to share experiences and concerns and to learn about the benefits of process based auditing. Over a day we explored all manner of issues with everyone learning from each other. I guess my role was that of Facilitator - by no means did all the input come from me, my role was to pose questions and provide scenarios which provoked discussion and debate, and from that the learning flooded out. The delegates learnt, but so did I. Good fun and all of us came away rejuvenated, re-invigorated and refreshed. A good day!