I am an IT Auditor, and the lead for my team. I have a team member who is blindly following directions and referencing previous work done. Last week, I was sitting with him doing peer QA of audit work papers before presentation to management.I asked him why de chose to test in the specific way he did, and deliberately did not allude to whether the his work was appropriate or not.
The test method he chose was appropriate, but the reasoning he gave left much to be desired. Where I would have expected him to defend his work on its own merits, considering the risks in the process and understanding of the internal control environment, he said he did the work in the way he did because it was the way I did in the past. Such answer shows that professional judgement vital to succeed as an auditor is not developed fully. If another auditor or a member of management were to challenge his work, stating that the testing was done a particular way, because it had been that way in the past will not fly.
This person has asked me in the past what he can do to be able to move up in the organization. I fully support him being promoted, but without being able to independently defend his work, analyze evidence, and report appropriately, I cannot recommend him for promotion. Since I asked this question about 1 year ago, his technical skill has dramatically improved such so that delegated the piece of work asked about in that question to him to try for this year. However, his judgement is still lacking.
How can I, as the team lead, speed up his learning in this area, and allow him to defend his work on its own merits without excessively leaning on me and my work?