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! 🤓
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!
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!
Yesterday I was enjoying a delicious cappuccino and a croissant. I was looking out the window and shut up in my thoughts. Mentally I was going over my Christmas break, we had great family moments that I truly enjoyed and I was thinking also about my New Year's resolutions. Between sips of coffee, I read an article that caught my attention, "72% of people will quit their New Year's resolutions just 17 days after they started" This made me think, why?, and I wanted to share with you the steps I do to keep myself focus on my goals. A few years ago I decided to study to get a certification in Project Management (PMP) and it was on my list of purposes for several years, but for different reasons, as the year moves on I was always quitting. The first year that resolution did not last in the list even the 17 days the article mentioned !!
I bought several books, databases of test questions, visiting websites to simulate tests and inter acting in various forums.....But I always felt the same, just overwhelming, so much content!, it looked like something unattainable, too much information.
Fortunately I got a present, a book about the Kaizen method, and that changed my way of dealing with objectives! Kaizen (改善) concept was born in Japan and it is based on continuous improvement, it focuses on small steps in the right order, so you can be closer to your goal. The example of a drop gradually hammering a stone it is fairly representative. Thanks to the Kaizen method, I learned that an important task is to make something every day to take you closer to the goal. Even in the worse cases just doing 5-10 minutes will be better than nothing. So I decided to come up with a plan, and I will be studying one hour (5 days a week) and do simulation tests to obtain a minimum of 85% of correct answers in the tests simulated. This "smart" approach has helped me to achieve the goals that I intend, SMART is an acronym(Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timeline).
I used a mix of Kaizen and SMART to work towards my goal of getting a PMP certification
• I want to get the PMP certification (S) • I will study every day 1 hour (M) • Study every day 1 hour is something I can do (A) • I will get a result of 85% in the simulations (R) • I'm going to do this five days a week (T)
I think many times we set purposes but very generic, we always have the typical purposes of "I have to lose X kilos" "I have to learn a language" etc etc ... these are good intentions, but how we are going to check if we are in the right direction? The problem is that these purposes are very generic. In my own experience SMART has helped me to stay focus by detailing what I have to do
It took me a while to be consistent and build this habit. But eventually I got this habit and everything went well. Good luck with your New Year! and remember the joke...., how do you eat an elephant? one bite at a time! Use the Kaizen method and put SMART goals and you will get what you want, humans are unstoppable when it is clear what you want!
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