By Alaina Brandt
Standardized Competencies for the Professional Practice of Localization Management
Presentation of the 60th Annual Conference of the ATA
The broad objective of the LM CC research study is to identify the core competences that are shared across diverse roles in localization management with the long-term aim of contributing to international standards of best practice related to the required competences for the professional practice of localization management.
Presentation of the 59th Annual Conference of the ATA
Localization project managers manage the production of language service products in languages they can’t read. When professionals can’t read the language of the product they produce, an appropriate minimal level of qualifications and skills becomes especially important.
Presentation of the 58th Annual Conference of the ATA
The number one strategy that firms striving to deliver a quality translation product can implement to ensure that they are reaching their goals is to work with properly trained professionals at every stage of the translation production process.
Presentation of the 58th Annual Conference of the ATA
Language service providers are entrusted with the intellectual property of their clients. Localization project managers in turn share this confidential content with translators located around the world. Content is shared in an internet environment in which large quantities of data can be transferred globally within seconds through many different possible filing sharing systems. Technological advances only increase this sharing, and increased interaction also heightens risks, including data breaches, loss, and recovery costs.
MATI blog, 30 July 2017
“Firms that test potential translators by having them translate live jobs for free are advised to carefully consider the repercussions of this strategy. The adage “you get what you pay for” speaks volumes about the results one can reasonably expect from this sort of an approach. To adjust for the skewed results of this strategy, firms are either failing more candidates or lowering the quality expectations of their testing system. Either adjustment is detrimental to a firm’s well-being. The former fails to capitalize on a firm’s investments at the initial screening stage... The latter introduces vulnerability into a firm’s onboarding processes, because unqualified candidates are given greater chances of passing.”
The ATA Chronicle, May/June 2017
“A well thought out recruitment process contributes to providing firms and their clients and target users with the implicit peace of mind that comes with a consistent translation product.”
The ATA Chronicle, Nov/Dec 2016
“The consultative approach to project management has long‐term benefits, not only for specific clients, but for the profession as a whole.”
MATI blog, 17 August 2015
“[T]ranslators’ main goal is to deliver high quality texts that are accurate, error free, and stylistically consistent. But if your Project Managers are not able to read the target language of your translation, how do they check your work for quality?”
Master’s thesis, awarded High Pass with Distinction
Exploration of political discourse and the power of language to influence in translation.
Research themes: Venezuelan history, economics, government and culture; narrative theory and discourse analysis; domestication and foreignization in translation.
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