Translation and Localization Project Management: The Art of the Possible

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Keiran J. Dunne, Elena S. Dunne
John Benjamins Publishing, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 424 pages
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Over the past three decades, translation has evolved from a profession practiced largely by individuals to a cottage industry model and finally to a formally recognized industrial sector that is project-based, heavily outsourced and that encompasses a wide range of services in addition to translation. As projects have grown in size, scope and complexity, and as project teams have become increasingly distributed across geographies, time zones, languages and cultures, formalized project management has emerged as both a business requirement and a critical success factor for language service providers. In recognition of these developments, this volume examines the application of project management concepts, tools and techniques to translation and localization projects. The contributors are seasoned practitioners and scholars who offer insights into the central role of project management in the language industry today and discuss best-practice approaches to the adaptation of generic project management knowledge, skills, tools and techniques for translation and localization projects.
 

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Contents

Project management in the discipline of translation studies
1
Part I Project management in the context of translation and localization business
15
Strategic views on localization project management
17
Selecting enterprise project management software
51
Part II Project management knowledge areas
69
Applying PMI methodology to translation and localization projects
71
The foundation of scope definition and scope management in localization projects
95
Time and schedule in translation and localization projects
119
Rethinking the role of the localization project manager
235
Scaffolding team learning
265
Global virtual teams
289
A strategy for fostering localization success
319
Part IV Translation and localization project management in action
347
Managing the challenges of game localization
349
Project management for crowdsourced translation
379
Additional resources
409

Customerfocused translation quality management
153
Effective communication in translation and localization project management
189
Risk management in localization
211
Part III Managing human and organizational factors
233
Contributors
413
Author index
417
Subject index
421
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