How to get Localization buy-in from Execs has been always a difficult quest for localization professionals ….
The last campaign of Dolce & Gabbana to promote its products in China did not have the expected effect ... in my post this week I reflect why and how to have a content creation strategy in which we pay attention to cultural effectiveness and not only language effectiveness.
Many companies obtain great benefits from international markets, and all those customers who do not speak English often receive an app with a quality lower than English. We want their money, but we do not want to have the same level of demand for the English version as for the localized one. This week in my post I reflect if that mindset is the right one ....
I think that the Project Manager job is a simple job … if it were not for the people 😏
This week in my post I explore THE soft-skill that every Project Manager working in this global industry must master, by the way …. Let’s stop referring to this skill as a soft-skill, it’s not “soft” anymore, it’s crucial, it’s core … and it’s hard to get and polish.
LQA industry has a fundamental role when it comes to testing video games, apps, web sites or any piece of software in general, but the truth is that it has a dubious reputation. This week I reflect on this topic in my post and I also share 3 best practices that can help establish a top notch LQA framework. Hope you find this article useful! 🤓
When you realize you do not have a clear system for decision-making ... HOW do I decide what I decide?
A summary of 2018 reflections!!
According to the Oxford dictionary commodity is a raw material or primary agricultural product that can be bought and sold, such as copper or coffee. Does the Translation industry fit in that definition? for some buyers it is .. and that’s a risky thought! let’s explain why ….
Glossaries in the translation industry are essential to create consistency, to create a brand image; and mistakes in the creation and maintenance of the glossary have many negative connotations! Join me this week to cover the power of consistency and why having a process in place for glossary management is a great idea!
Sometimes knowing what to measure in the G-localization industry can be a complex task, and in some ways overwhelming. I hope that after reading this post you could feel a little less overwhelmed ☺
Knowing what to do and when to do, it is one of the most unknown areas in the world of G-localization ... for that reason, I encouraged myself this week to write a post about guidelines to take into account to craft an effective localization and scheduling process … hope this is helpful!
I consider myself a tolerant person, with patience and with a good predisposition to dialogue. Now, if you want to piss me off a quite effective technique is to tell me that Localization is a cost center; in my weekly post I reflect on this and about some hidden cost we might incur in our Globalisation world when tackling the complex art of translation ….
Cultural Intelligence is among the most valuable skills for the coming years. Our ability to obtain results in a different environment, different cultures and different countries is crucial to thriving nowadays. And there is no other industry in the world so culturally diverse as the Globalization industry … let’s have a look about how we can position ourselves as cultural intelligence super g-localizers!
Developing a videogame is more difficult than it seems, it is not a children's game, although for many people it seems that way! A video game is an entertainment product, visual and very complex. And adapting a video game from one language to another, is also a much more complex task than it seems. To translate a game from one language to another requires more steps than Google Translate and copy / paste 🙂
How can we make a game age well and get benefits for several years? LiveOps and Localization might help to achieve that! 🙂
Translating a video game is more complicated than it seems! and translating video games is different to translating software in general, you want to know why? so keep reading :)
Some services and some invoices are difficult to understand. Specially to understand how certain services are charged, and how they are explained. Sometimes we might have the feeling that we are being scammed ... have you ever had that feeling in our Globalization world? For example, in the area of Localization Engineering? If the answer is yes maybe this post is for you ...
Our app’s user experience it’s a complex mix of feelings and emotions, difficult to measure but it has a huge impact in the user satisfaction, and here globalisation best practices play an important role, and UX localization plays also an important role, but is that actually a thing? does UX localisation even exist?
The translation industry is one of the oldest industries in the world, for hundreds of years there have been needs to communicate messages from one language to another. During all these years the translators have had a fundamental role so that people of different languages understand each other. During all these years the translators have been adapting and changing their services, and even today, under the threatening look of MT, AI, NMT and BLA, BLA, BLA, they are pushing back this new reality, they re-invent themselves, and they find a way to remain relevant ... and that’s the reality, the translator is a difficult race to extinguish, they fight, they adapt, they evolve ... and hopefully they’ll continue doing it for many years!
Sometimes knowing the rules of behaviour and soft-skills that I must apply in certain environments is not enough to succeed. Being effective in a high-performance team in a multicultural environment requires something more.
Sometimes having the info and the answer only solves part of the problem of how to be effective across cultures. How do we solve the other part of the problem? How can we be effective in such a global and diverse world as is the localization industry?
That’s the topic I cover in my weekly post. Hope you like it and and please leave your comments with your international experiences on how you adapted to different environments! 🙂
Have a great week!
The Project Post-Mortem is a Valuable Tool for Continuous Improvement in our Globalization/Localization projects. However, for different reasons we don’t take the time to perform them, or we are not sure how to drive them. If you recognize yourself in any of these situations maybe my post this week may be useful 🙂
What is the career plan professionals working in the globalization/localization industry might have? Can we become executives in our industry? Or better said, is it possible to increase our "executive presence"? And if so, how?
Doom creator John Carmack said years ago “Story in a game is like story in a porn movie: it’s expected to be there, but it’s not that important.”
This week while having tapas with a friend I had a deja-vú about John’ words ….
The world of Localization is a very multicultural industry. The professionals of this industry at some point in our lives have asked ourselves the following question: but why should I be the one who adapts to this environment? Why do not they adapt to me? :) That's what I cover this week in my post, I hope you like it!
Cultural Intelligence is like a super power that we can develop to lead teams in an effective way in this globalized world in which we live. And no, Emotional Intelligence and Cultural Intelligence is not the same. If you want to know why it is not the same, I invite you to read the post I created this week on my blog 🙂
This week I finish my article on TMS and CMS, the Twins of our Translation industry. In this second part I explain the workflow and integration of a CMS and a TMS. Where the key to success lies in a bit of code that we call API ....
There are some things that look alike, but they are not much the same. Arnold and DeVito are an example of this in the movie industry in the Twins movie, and a CMS and TMS are an example in our Globalization / Localization industry. In this post I talk about cinema and what’s a CMS / TMS and why they are not twin tools :)
This week I bring a special post. It is a summary of the presentation that Maria and I gave on the fascinating topic about culture intelligence.
And why is it a special post? Well…. this post is an eBook! there are so many things that I'm passionate about the world of cultural intelligence that everything I wanted to write did not fit in a single post, so I wrote an eBook 🙂
Here you have an eBook of what I consider to be the future of management ... the cultural intelligence.
Hope you like it! Please send me your comments so we can continue the discussions around this amazing world of the CQ!
Enjoy the journey!
The first Game Global Forum is a reality! this week in my post I talk about the first edition of this cool event and also take the opportunity to reflect on how to measure and quantify quality from a new perspective. Have a great week everyone!
This week we had our annual event at King, a new opportunity to explain
that translating, localizing and globalizing is not the same,
that content is more than words and
that a good globalization strategy can not be an afterthought.