The Best Year Ever for XTRF!

As we approach winter and Christmastime, it’s the perfect time for a summary of our yearly achievements. It was a very intensive, and at the same time, the best year ever for XTRF! We worked on a number of internal initiatives, developments and made overall progress in all the departments of our almost 70-people organization.

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Top 5 Soft Skills required for Project Managers in the Translation Industry

You’re probably wondering what does a salesperson know about Project Management. Well, now that I have you questioning that – think about what happens after the sale. When my work is done, it’s up to the Project Manager to take over. I have been in this industry for over a decade on both the Language Service Provider side as well as the Technology Service Provider side. There’s actually less difference between the two than one might initially think!

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How to choose the best Translation Management System for my company?

If you are asking yourself the above question, one thing is certain: for some reason the way you currently manage your translation processes doesn’t work for you. Moreover, you think that implementing a Translation Management System (TMS) or replacing the one you currently use with a better one is what you need.

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Semantix, welcome on board!

We are happy to announce that following the acquisition of Amesto Translations earlier this year, Semantix has chosen XTRF as its main Project Management and Automation platform.

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Concentration – how do you regain it and how do you cope with distractions?

The majority of us knows the feeling. “I’ll only take a peek” at my Facebook page, or at the news portal … and all of a sudden half an hour’s gone by. I catch myself asking me: “How did I get here?”. I try to be on my guard, but this helps only for a while. Finally, at the end of the day, I find out just how much time I’ve lost…

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The Eisenhower Matrix – The Urgent‑Important Matrix

Sometimes we respond to less important e-mails immediately upon their receipt, while those that really demand our attention languish at the bottom of our in-box. We spend a quarter of an hour on an altogether meaningless call from the bank, and later we do not have sufficient time to call a loved one. We avail ourselves of promotional sales and buy things that later lie unused. Why is this so?

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Ensuring Compliance with ISO 9001 Standard

ISO 9001 is an international standard laying down the requirements for a Quality Management System (QMS). The ISO 9001 certification allows companies to demonstrate that they are dedicated to providing quality services and goods by setting up mechanisms aimed at eliminating non-conformities and facilitating continual improvement of internal processes.

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Your Energy Level – How to Manage Your Time Efficiently Throughout the Day

I often see how people start off their day at the office with a coffee, some gossip, and a look through the news on various portals, and afterwards reply to the various e-mails that they received since the evening before. But many of them are completely unaware of the fact that by doing so they have already used up one half of the best quality time available to them in the day.

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How to be a Superhero Vendor Manager?

Imagine you receive a new translation request, into your company’s local language. Who would you assign this project to? Write the name of the translator that you would contact first.

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8 Practical Steps to Increase Your Productivity

Having worked with a group of some 200 people who sent in more than 3,000 reports, I learned a great deal about what helps people increase their long-term productivity and level of calm, instead of simply becoming busier and busier. I do hope that these steps will prove useful to you, just as they were for the participants of the programme.

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