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By Valentina Macías Isaza
Project Management is about successfully achieving completion of a project; observed from its inception to its delivery in such a way that the leader takes care of the rest of the team by creating a closed chain that ensures things get done smoothly and who has full access during the process to avoid compromising cost or quality. The project manager accounts for time and defines the roles of each member, helps prevent failure and motivates the team to ensure delivery by approaching inconveniences with the appropriate solutions before they even generate problems for the team, the client or the company. In any workplace, project management helps increase efficiency because it structures the workflow accordingly to the progress and human talents required for each task involving the project as well as ensuring channels of communication between those involved and the possibility to have one team working on different projects at the same time by dividing roles and steps accordingly. Good management includes a clear methodology and the laying out of a path for all to abide. It ensures someone will always oversee things when facing a challenging situation along the way and that the delegation of tasks occurs according to the right skills needed while keeping an eye on the team’s performance and individuals.

A project manager must be a good leader in whom the team can trust and look up to whenever necessary, one who ensures a controlled evolution and completion at the fitting time. An ideal group dynamic is that which can handle several projects at once by delegating the management of each project to a different member so that all processes are handled well, and everyone has a chance to be the leader at one point. While one team member is managing the certain project, it can alternatively be part of the core team of another project. All members should work in synchronicity to assure conclusion of the project they lead as well as those in which they perform apparent minor roles that, in fact, are part of the total scope and key factors in the overall progress of a certain mission. In the particular case of translation business, project management acquires a more important factor regarding the time of delivery and quality of work. Because a translation project always requires several steps to deliver high-quality translations that can be checked and rechecked considering the statement “four eyes might see better than two,” having a project manager assures the aligned integration of human resources and that all aspects get covered. Any translated material requires edition, and it is better when the revision is conducted by different people to ensure better understanding as well as lesser assumptions that may lead to information getting lost in translation. Having a manager for a translation project provides that several translators can divide the tasks involving translation so that all processes are taken care of successfully.

A team of translators has several ways of approaching any given project and having a manager who decides and ensures the procedures are followed by those involved and that all assignments and materials are taken into account as much as the different aspects of a certain document get evaluated simultaneously is a key aspect of these process. One way may be that one or two persons work on the terminology and research of accurate equivalents, while others work on the reproduction of the material in the target language, and the manager gathers all parts to proofread the material. Another may be by diving the whole material in parts so that the memories and glossaries are shared and created at unison providing context and cohesion to the final product. Consequently, revisions and corrections become easier to conduct and apply as the manager keeps the communication channels open and flowing amidst all actors. And with these, assuring translated material of the best quality.  

Thus, employing project management in translation requires good communication with the customers, and effective connections to meet their desires and expectations. A business may convey the venturing on a plan and timeline; however, that does not ensure the clients return for future projects. In fact, Customers like to work with organizations that comprehend their requirements, are accessible to answer their inquiries and address their uncertainties. Organizations that actualize these systems can give brisk turnarounds and brilliant work, and in addition to winning a notoriety for solid and quick client benefit. Subsequently, they will draw in an expanding number of customers that convey new and testing tasks to the business, the decent variety of which will build the extent of their aptitude and guarantee that their ventures oversaw ceaselessly assessed for ideal proficiency. Most importantly, since each undertaking is novel, venture administration educates a work environment to be versatile and capable of facing dynamic conditions and arrangements in which a framework to each extent will empower them to maintain a strategic distance from botches and to get ready for unavoidable issues.    

As a conclusion, to make process fruitful, every task requires the appropriate administration and interpretation assuming each part is vital for the whole. It can undoubtedly comprehend the whole process, from beginning to end, and how in interpretation business, there is a prerequisite of coordination for achieving prosperous results.  

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By Paul Rizo-Brewington

Project Management is a key component in any sort of workplace and something everyone has been a part of at some point in time in their lives. Most have been exposed as children, working on group projects at a science fair or for an international day where they have to do research on the cultures and traditions of a certain country. Whatever the case may be, everyone has been part of a project before. Another memory most remember vividly is how the project went and the distribution of grades at the end of the project. Most people have some story about a team member who was lagging and barely put in any effort for the project or was the person who someone else covered for but received the same grade as everyone else who actually worked hard.

One could lament to their teacher about a lagging team member but there’s no actual manner to hold them accountable and not much repercussion either. Project Management eliminates this factor in multiple ways. The first of which is by factor of time. Time is the most valuable asset anyone can have and having ample time equates to more success and quality of production. Managing the time, a project takes by having deadlines and goals is the line between having a recurring client and never getting service from them again. Time not only of the total project but each component of the project helps create a better flow for the journey to completion as well as keeps everyone on track.

Second, is a goal or specified outcome for the project. Each translation project comes with different challenges and nuances that a team of translators must be prepared for. However, in order to produce high quality content, the team needs to know what they’re aiming for or trying to accomplish. Moreover, they can create or mark their content in such a way that distinguishes them from competition and make them a standout amongst the market. Lastly, and probably the most important aspect of project management is figuring out the budget. Profit is the simple formula of money earned minus costs so having a budget is the best way to earn as much as possible. Also, when one has a budget, they are able to minimize costs over time and create precedents for similar projects.

When most people theorize and come up with a plan, they get excited and ready to set it in motion but usually fall short. The execution of a plan is one the first and biggest pitfalls of any business. People get afraid to execute and fear is the biggest killer of any dream. But, on the other side of fear is whatever most people desire. A project management plan can help sort out and misunderstandings or areas where most people get lost. It lays out a timeline and expectations for a project, so it’s a glimpse into the future and something one can prepare for if things don’t go according to plan. A final key piece to any project is documentation. Documentation kind of ties into previous mentioned points about writing down what needs to get accomplished but it’s a little more in depth. It not only lets the higher up at the agency know what’s going on but it can be given to the client for their records and is a tool used to hold people accountable for things. If there’s documentation for who did what job and the client isn’t satisfied with something, they know who exactly they have qualms with and the agency can put in action what needs to be done.

Likewise, project management is an incentive to actually do one’s work and not slack off. People don’t like being watched and feel under pressure when they are. However, sometimes pressure is good because without pressure we wouldn’t have diamonds. It enforces quality standards of projects and a dedication to outputting one’s best effort. One aspect of project management that may slip through the cracks at first glance is the ability to compare. As stated before, with project management one is able to lower output costs over time. But, one is also able to compare and contrast different variables that produce different quality of content and the prices associated with such. If one only possesses a singular perspective on things, they will continue to do it in that manner because that is all they know. However, if they possess a holistic view then they are able to see the situation from multiple sides and pick the best one for their situation. Everything is relative as Einstein once said.


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