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.
Following our strong development last year, now XTRF Management System establishes its presence in North America for good. Our team expands with the new hire of Pascal Boivin, who brings to XTRF huge industry and professional knowledge, having worked for many years for Oracle, SDL, and Plunet!
We have more and more things to do, and each batch of new tasks has to be crammed into our calendars and worklists. In theory, the steadily increasing number of buzzing and flashing gadgets should help us better manage ourselves and our time, but in practice it turns out that these devices do not really allow us to achieve more, while along the way we lose our ability to focus long-term. The Pomodoro technique may well be the aid to regaining our concentration – read on to see what it consists in and how to apply it in practice.
Modern Translation Management Systems (TMS) offer a lot of advanced functionality. Workflow automation is a very good example.
We all face situations when a need, desire or feeling is met with hesitation. Need to optimize processes to maintain a competitive advantage? YES! Desire to increase your project margins? YES! Feel you could win new clients or grow your business...
The release of XTRF 7 is just around the corner, and it brings many improvements, big and small.
With XTRF, you can influence your whole process of buying translations. Let us tell you how you can modify the way you cooperate with your vendors to buy translations more efficiently.
It’s fairly easy to know the margin on a project when you have the word rate you pay and your sales price per word. But when you think about it – that’s just the linguistic margin and, while it can be good enough to tell whether a project is profitable, it does not tell you too much about the profitability of the whole account.
You might want to track your in-house vendors' entire work day. Fair enough. But you won't put every day "in-between-work" activities as your project cost. Have your team register the time they actually spent working to see the real cost of their efforts per assignment...