APM Assurance Specific Interest Group (SIG)

Assurance: The process of providing confidence to stakeholders that projects, programmes and portfolios will achieve their objectives for beneficial change. 

Definition from APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition  📖

About this SIG

The effective operation of assurance provision and use of assurance information are essential to the reliable delivery of successful projects. Assurance is an essential element of project management, working closely with governance and risk management in a mutual supportive arrangement.
 
The word ‘assurance’ means different things to different people, though, depending on the field of interest. For some, it’s about achieving quality, for others it’s about being sure what  they are told is correct, whilst for many it’s about being confident that ‘things are under control’. The variety of meanings is reflected in the ways of achieving assurance in projects, including: quality assurance, safety audits, gateway reviews, independent engineer reviews, internal audits, project audits, contract audits, external audits, peer reviews, control self- assurance, etc. In addition, different types of assurance require different skills which need to be quantified, enabled and supported in different ways.
 
All of these types of assurance are actually trying to do the same thing, the only difference between them being the perspective of the practitioner. They need to work in an integrated fashion, to avoid conflicts or gaps, to provide a comprehensive and holistic output. Good project assurance is not only passive. Done well, it actively assists projects to be successful.

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About this SIG

The effective operation of assurance provision and use of assurance information are essential to the reliable delivery of successful projects. Assurance is an essential element of project management, working closely with governance and risk management in a mutual supportive arrangement.
 
The word ‘assurance’ means different things to different people, though, depending on the field of interest. For some, it’s about achieving quality, for others it’s about being sure what  they are told is correct, whilst for many it’s about being confident that ‘things are under control’. The variety of meanings is reflected in the ways of achieving assurance in projects, including: quality assurance, safety audits, gateway reviews, independent engineer reviews, internal audits, project audits, contract audits, external audits, peer reviews, control self- assurance, etc. In addition, different types of assurance require different skills which need to be quantified, enabled and supported in different ways.
 
All of these types of assurance are actually trying to do the same thing, the only difference between them being the perspective of the practitioner. They need to work in an integrated fashion, to avoid conflicts or gaps, to provide a comprehensive and holistic output. Good project assurance is not only passive. Done well, it actively assists projects to be successful.

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Committee

Gary Poole: Chair
Dave LovittSecretary
Mushtaq Ali: Committee member
Nigel Bennett: Committee member
Peter de HorseyCommittee member 
Martin Elsner: Committee member
Julian HarrisCommittee member 
Roy Millard: Committee member
Judd NortonCommittee member 
Toby Robins: Committee member
Roger Smith: Committee member
Pamela Stacey: Committee member


The committee have monthly virtual meetings and each quarter one face to face. If you are interested in hearing more please contact us to get in touch.

 

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Featured resources

Measures for Assuring Projects

The assurance assessment toolkit is intended as a reference for assurance practitioners to help provide a measure of their confidence in the potential for a project (or programme or portfolio) to succeed.

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A Guide to Project Auditing A Guide to Project Auditing

What is an audit, why do we undertake project audits and how does it differ from other assurance methods? The answer to these and other related questions can be found in the latest APM publication, A Guide to Project Auditing.

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A Guide to Integrated Assurance

 

Featured book - A guide to Integrated Assurance

A Guide to Integrated Assurance enables organisations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their assurance activities.

Written by APM’s Assurance Specific Interest Group, the guide identifies important roles and responsibilities as well as tools and templates to help overcome ‘silo-oriented approaches’  to assurance that do not naturally result in integration.

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Webinars and events 

Hosted by our online community, our SIGs and Branches are offering free lunchtime webinars. Covering a wide range of topics to support the project profession, please explore the full programme using the events listing below and sign up for free today.

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APM’s Branch and Specific Interest Groups are at the heart of a vibrant community of volunteers shaping the profession and raising its profile.

All members are welcome to contribute in the numerous activities that our Specific Interest Groups (SIGs) and Branches get involved in all year round.

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The committee have regular virtual meetings. If you are interested in hearing more please contact us via email or complete the following form.

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