IT Project Auditing Checklist

What is the Dragon1 IT Project Auditing Checklist?

Auditing an IT Project is something that is done by many different types of business professionals, like enterprise architects. The quality (effectiveness, etc..) of the audit is of very high importance. As business professional you want your audit report to have some effect, for instance supporting the decision making of owner / clients and stakeholders.

Before auditing an IT Project the Dragon1 open EA Method advises to create a Project Landscape Map. This will in all cases increase the quality of the audit of the IT Project.

You can download the official IT Project auditing document:
Dragon1 IT Project Auditing Checklist

You can download the basic IT Project audit checklist here:
dragon1-checklist-IT-project-auditing-basic-OS05-PC009-EN_v1.0d.doc

You can download the detailled IT Project audit checklist here:
dragon1-checklist-IT-project-auditing-detail-OS05-PC009-EN_v1.2d.doc

IT Project Auditing Checklist made SMART

Based on years of experience a minimal version of the checklist is created. Below are 15 questions that together form the Dragon1 IT Project Auditing Checklist. Use it to keep your projects from failing!

  1. Is the concept, module, system, solution or structure that this project will design or realize clear to everyone (the stakeholders) in and around the project?
  2. What is the name and definition of it and where is a document with a brief description and visualization (design sketch or drawing) of the concept, module, system, solution or structure?
  3. Is an owner / client or one mandated business owner for this project known? And what is his or her name and function?
  4. Is an assignment to create a business case or to start up a project available? And what is its name, version and archive location?
  5. Is a valid and approved financial business case available? And what is its name, version and archive location?
  6. Is a valid and approved program of requirements (POR) and terms of reference (TOR) available? And what is its name, version and archive location?
  7. Is a valid and approved architecture or design document available (not created by the implementation partner)?
  8. Is an A0 sized architecture visualization available (a complete solution overview, landscape, blueprint or roadmap) in the design?
  9. Is a valid and approved project charter, project document (PRODOC) or plan of approach for the realization (apart from the design) of the solution or structure available? And what is its name, version and archive location?
  10. Is a test plan and implementation plan available and was a method used to create these plans? And what are their names, versions and archive location?
  11. Are changes in plans and document contents, versions and history well managed for the business case, architecture / design, program of requirements and plan of approach?
  12. Are the business case, architecture / design, program of requirements, plan of approach and other documents visually aligned in a project landscape map?
  13. Is a visualization of the product breakdown structure, including a financial sheet and planning sheet, aligned to the solution architecture, available? And what is its name, version and archive location?
  14. Is a visualization of the working breakdown structure, including a financial sheet and planning sheet, aligned to the solution architecture, available? And what is its name, version and archive location?
  15. Is the age of the project, being a temporary organization, younger than 9 months?
  16. Is the main deliverable of the project (still) of added value to the business of the organization? (Check this with the business case and a strategy document)

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IT Project Auditing Checklist

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