What is Translation Project Management? And Why It Matters

Translation projects can range from relatively simple to not so simple. It’s one thing to translate a one-page brochure from English to French. It’s another to translate a multi-page website into 10 other languages, all with the same deadline.

So, how do translation projects run smoothly? Translation project management helps to get your translation project done on time and within your budget. Here’s how a translation project manager works, and why it’s important to the success of your project.

Your Translation Project Manager is Your Point of Contact

Your translation project manager acts as the main point of contact between a translation agency or individual translator and your business. They are approachable, clear, and organized. If you have a question, they’ll answer it. If your translator has a question, your translation project manager will reach out and clarify. They’ll also address any needs from the translation team and ensure a smooth experience on both sides.

Your Translation Project Manager… Manages Everything

Your translation project manager… well, they manage things. All the things. They establish translation or other language needs, determine scheduling, planning, and budgeting details, and pass that information on to the team. In short, they make sure that you are getting what you need, and that the translator(s) are getting what they need. They’ll cover the following elements, and more:

  • What elements need translation, and into what language(s)?
  • When do you need the translation completed by?
  • What is your budget?
  • Do you have a specific style guide or tone in mind?
  • What source material can be referenced, if any?
  • Any other specific needs?
  • And more!

Your Translation Project Manager Keeps Things Moving

Translation project managers magically keep things moving, on schedule, and within your budget. While it can sound simple, it’s more complex than it seems! For multi-lingual projects with a wide range of translation needs, tasks can pile up. Your translator project manager can multi-task and maintain an overall view of the project’s progress.

Your Translation Project Manager Oversees Quality Control

Several translation project managers are skilled translators in their own right and can do their own quality control. Others will seek out professional revisers or proofreaders to check the translation. Either way, they’re ensuring that expert eyes have double-checked translated work before it goes back to you and out into the world.

Key Takeaways

  • Translation project managers help you from start to finish. From the initial query to the final delivery, a translation project manager is by your side, making sure you’re getting what you need.
  • Translation project managers maintain a smooth translator/editor/client relationship. By acting as one point of contact, they make sure that your expectations are met, questions are answered on both sides, and everyone is happy.
  • Translation project managers keep your schedule and budget in mind. And you should love them for it!

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