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TOPIC: Audit vs Inspection

Audit vs Inspection 1 year 2 weeks ago #18018

  • Gaurav Saxena
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In Control Procurement Process, in which scenario we should use Audit technique and where should we use Inspection. Kindly explain with example if possible.

Audit vs Inspection 1 year 2 weeks ago #18031

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Hi Gaurav,

An inspection is a "structured review of the work being performed by the contractor" (PMBOK® Guide page 498). So for example on construction projects, walkthroughs are commonly used to review the progress of the construction process.

An audit (as it relates to the procurement process) is a "structured review of the procurement process" (PMBOK® Guide page 498). So for example conducting a review of the contract to ensure both sides are meeting their obligations.

It might help to think of an inspection as related to the deliverables and an audit as related to processes.
Donald Terry, MBA, PMP, PMI-ACP

Full disclosure: I work for OSP International as an independent contractor
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