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10 Tips for project managers working with non-native speakers
Having worked in various project management roles for the past 7 years I have spent a great deal of time working on projects alongside people whose first language has not been the same as mine or the company I have been working for. Such projects that have utilised the skills of a non-native speaker have varied from short translation assignments that have been processed in a few hours to more involved and complex assignments that have taken several months to complete...
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Certification is Not Enough to Become a Good Project Manager
With the Project Management Institute and the Association of Project Managers and colleges and universities all certifying Project Managers, why are projects still failing? Could it be that certification doesn't make you a project manager?..
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Project Management Software for In-House Translation Departments
With its own education program “Plunet Academy”, Plunet is supporting education and research at selected universities in many different ways. In a joint effort with the University of Saarland, a survey was sent out to the translation departments of more than 100 of the largest companies and government departments on the subject of “Project management software for in-house translation departments “ within the framework of a current degree thesis...
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Good Recruitment Policies are the Key to Finding Excellent Project Managers
Good people are a critical factor for a company's success. It's a cliché, I know, but particularly important in a people-oriented, service industry like ours. So, it stands to reason, get the right people and you are well on the way to an outstanding offering…
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A Step By Step Guide to Translation Project Management
Far from suppressing the need of translation, globalisation has boosted the demand for it. Just as the slogan ‘think globally, act locally’ goes, businesses have to go global to expand and this requires the tailoring of their products to local markets’ idiosyncrasies, including linguistic ones. Thus, the demand for translation has rocketed…
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Project Management: Art or Discipline?
A good deal is being discussed about project management these days, both in academic and professional circles. But to what extent can the activity of managing a team toward a specific goal with a fixed deadline be considered a discipline? And if it is not in fact a discipline, how can we aspire to teach it through management improvement courses or certifications?…

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Project Management: Avoid Work Scope Creep!
Congratulations! You've just got a new client for an exciting project that is going to be fun and profitable. You carefully discuss the work with her and she sends in a down payment. BANG! You are off and running!
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The Importance of Project Management for Translation Agency
Project management is the whole range of activities to efficiently achieve a set of goals which includes: calendar and project planning; communication with clients; coordination of team members' work; cost control; monitoring progress of a project; paperwork and accounting; day-to-day status updates of project progress; problem recognition and elimination…
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Project Management, ROI and Efficiency
It is tempting to get lost in the details of day-to-day project execution, but strategic decisions such as (1) alignment of project execution with business needs, (2) implementation of standards and (3) identification of "hidden" resources, can only be effectively considered early in the project lifecycle. These strategic choices are levers that can be pulled to increase the overall efficiency of the project, thus enabling the Localization Project Manager to deliver more - with less …
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Project managers: the unsung heroes and heroines of the translation world
The Project Manager - the unsung hero of the translation and localization process. Claire Ingram, Head of Production, at ATC members Wordbank explores just why good project managers are the key to a quality service.
“Our technical team has just changed the spec for the camera slightly so, we need to change a couple of words on the packaging - the changes are quite minor - are we still ok for Friday delivery as we need to go to print over the weekend”?…
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Translation Project Management
Any translation company, whether it consists of a single person or has a large translators' staff on the payroll, needs a strict and clear project management procedure to determine the exact work flow for all stages of a job, from the moment the source document is received to the moment the translated file is sent back to the client. The larger a company is, the greater detail is required for each phase description in order to make certain that all team members have a complete and similar understanding of the work scope and purposes…
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