Kirti Vashee, my favorite Twitter lead and MT visionary has published an interesting link showing some tips from the world’s best managers…. all lessons applicable to translation project manager.
In short, managers should asks themselves and to concentrate on
– Always know whose problem you’re solving
– The perfect is the enemy of the deadline.
– Make sure you’re talking to the right people.
– Ask yourself, “Is this necessary?”
These may look like basic skills. Yet we sometimes lose focus on the problems we are trying to solve or worse still, we do not know we are there knowing that managing is solving. Many a time we let the good be in the way of the perfect. A good working version, even if it does not have all the features should go to the market. Bugs can be corrected but missed opportunities seldom come back.
A manager with a vision needs to talk to the right people and this may include developers and investors. Hardly ever moaning personnel. And lastly, of course, you should have it very clear in your mind if you are doing the right thing and not wasting your time in niceties or “nice to have” but not “must have” features.
The full article is available here:
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