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!
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 🙂
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?
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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