Assurance is a general term which can describe a wide variety of quality assurance processes used to improve the outcomes of projects and programmes, from technical audit to project governance and peer review.
Assurance though is most commonly used to describe the structured review of an organisation’s project management processes, practices, standards and guidance, their appropriateness, and the way in which they are being applied to a particular project or programme.
These processes may include (but are not limited to) management of scope, costs, schedule, benefits, risks, procurement, business change, communications, and governance. It is important that these knowledge areas are reviewed in a structured way and project assurance should be scoped accordingly.
Gateway Peer Review does not provide this detailed level of review of the processes or practices used in Project Management.” SSC March 2009.
Azimuth Consulting has been providing assurance services to Ministries, Agencies and many of New Zealand’s largest corporations for over 25 years. Azimuth Consulting also provides certified Gateway Review Services.
The very essence of our approach – our independence and experience – means we are ideally suited to providing assurance and Gateway review services in the best interests of our clients.
Our approach is directly aligned with international best practice and the guidelines established and defined with :-
• State Services Commission (IQA -v- Gateway 2009)
• Managing Successful Programmes (MSP©)
• The New Zealand Government Capability Toolkit (2008)
• Guidance for Monitoring Major Projects and Programmes (2011)
• All-of-Government ICT Projects & Programmes Assurance Framework (V2.0 2014)
Our comprehensive approach covers :-
• the strategic alignment of your business direction, objectives and support
• your accountability framework, including people’s roles and responsibilities
• project governance
• management operations
• project processes and policies
• project management in relation to scope, time, cost, quality, procurement/contracting, risk, communications, performance, benefits and stakeholders
• business case and other key documentation, checking for quality, accuracy and completeness.