Project Management
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Alicia Casal  Identity Verified
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Sep 7, 2006

Do you know any specific software for PM?

and

How do you charge your PM job?

Alicia


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Astrid Elke Witte  Identity Verified
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Translation Office 3000 Sep 7, 2006

Translation Office 3000 is very useful for project management.

Astrid

P.S. The mark-up on the translation, if it is done by someone else, will depend on the work involved on your part. If you have to prepare the document for translation, i.e. convert it to Word and format it, then you will need to charge for your time. You will also need to take into account the amount of time spent proofreading the translation. Just charge for these items what your time normally costs, and then add it to the cost of the translation to arrive at the total amount.

[Edited at 2006-09-07 21:42]

[Edited at 2006-09-07 21:43]


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shfranke  Identity Verified
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The projects largely determine the suitable software Sep 7, 2006

Greetings.

Which particular PM functions seem suited to your business model and your production process for translations?

Several software applications exists for PM tasks (MS Project 2003 Standard and MS Project 2003 Professional are familiar), although one can find leaner / slimmer products.

Some basic "small-office-level" apps for PM are fairly straighforward and simple, and others (multi-project, "industrial-strength" products) can handle complex and complicated projects, including internal links among multiple functions during a project's life-cycle.

While some of the larger applications will seem versatile and useful, the investments in your time and attention for learning to use them, and then for using them regularly can become significant distractions from your main business practice of producing translations and delivering them. (As mentioned by one colleague who has tried several PM apps, "You can find that you've slid into a situation where the project is managing you more than you are managing the project.")

The different levels and volume of projects will largely determine which software is suitable and affordable.

In some instances (i.e., in a home-based business), MS Excel may be useful and sufficient for a means to track milestones of progress on a project.

Hope this advisory note helps in your shaping your your decision.

Regards,

Stephen H. Franke

[Edited at 2006-09-07 22:07]


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Sergei Tumanov  Identity Verified
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sometimes Sep 9, 2006

MS Project might be helpful

It is a part of Microsoft Office group of applications.


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