Role of Project Management in Translation Business

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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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