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.
Globalizers of the world, localizers of the world … we are magicians! we have content in one language totally indecipherable. And with some tricks we decipher it … but there’s a saying in our industry Garbage IN, garbage OUT … so let’s see how we can keep the garbage under control …
This week I had the pleasure of being invited to give a master class on Localization in the Barcelona videogame incubator.
It was a nice afternoon ... and in my post this week I talk about it, especially on the subject of why continuous localization and agile localization are 2 different disciplines.
Do we always need an extraordinary quality of translation? Or sometimes the Good Enough approach is precisely what we need, which is Good, enough ... in this post I reflect on how to approach good enough in our localization industry ... hope you find this useful!
If we have 20 minutes to explain to a group of executives of our company the importance of Localization in the global results of the company… how do we approach this presentation?. A senior executive team probably does not care much about our glossary maintenance processes, XLIFF conversions or benefits of pseudolocalization. These executives breathe an air different from ours ... and finding a way to breathe “the same air” is vital to get Localization as an important step in the Global strategy of the company.
The Indian market with 1.3 billion inhabitants represents a unique opportunity for the video game market (and for the localization market in general!). It is a market with great potential ... but it is a complex market with 3 obstacles that deserves to be analyzed in order to better understand how a videogame can be profitable in this complex and fragmented market.
Can we still consider the quality of a translation as the only differentiating factor to have a good relationship with our LSP? I do not think so, today I want to talk about why the translation quality is not a differentiating factor anymore.
Is there any way to measure whether the good or poor quality of a translation has an impact on the perception we have about the quality of a company? Question with difficult answer, almost as difficult as finding the mythical Holy Grail 😃
When Localization teams and Dev Teams work together during the phase of game development good things happen ... join to my weekly post to know why!
Getting along with LSP is a long process but it has not to be necessary painful. Have a look to this post to get some ideas about how to on board vendors in any LOCALIZATION PROCESS.
Developing a game from scratch as an indie developer is a titanic effort, a lot of hours and quite often not enough money to outsource very necessary tasks. One of those very necessary tasks to conquer the world with our game is ... LOCALIZATION! In my weekly post this week I share some thoughts on this idea ... Can we localize our game for free? Have a look at the following post and feel free to share your comments below!
In the G-localization industry we have services that no one understands very well what they are ... but perhaps the most misunderstood service to all of them is ... Internationatilation! If you want to know more about this discipline, do not hesitate to read the post I prepared this week on my blog! Hopefully at the end of the article this service is a little more famous :)
Translation vs Transcreation which service do I really need? these 2 terms are used interchangeably but actually, these 2 services are quite different. Have a look to this post on my blog if you are unsure how these 2 translations disciplines differ frome each other .....