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The LinguaLinx team never backs down from a challenge! When our client approached us with a 94,000-word project and tight deadline, we accepted and came out of the gates working aggressively. Read on to find out how communication, an amazing team of account managers, project managers and linguists were able to make the impossible very possible!
Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) is a Fortune 500 company that provides information technology (IT) and professional services for commercial clients, the United States government, state governments and government agencies at the local level.
Our relationship with CSC began in 2005; it has expanded over this time to include multiple departments within the organization. One of our newer relationships is with the Global Contracts and Legal as a Shared Service (CLaaSS) team.
When Sreeni – a professional on the CLaaSS team – approached us with a large amount of documents in Danish that needed to be translated into English, we knew there were a lot of moving parts to manage!
Before starting the project, we identified a few concerns. Obviously, the first was turnaround time. The second was consistency. CSC identified the end-users for these documents as key stakeholders. The average translator can translate roughly about 2,500 words per day. We informed the client about potential issues with consistency, and they said this would be fine, as there were many different files. We are also able to leverage our translation memory (TM) that we have built with this client to help ensure consistency.
Here is a quick timeline of the events:
Tons of prep! This was definitely an instance where we had to go above and beyond the normal scope of work/workflow to get something done! First, we had to organize the files; there were hundreds of files with many duplicates. I was able to use MemoQ (our translation memory tool) to help organize the files, delete the duplicates, and keep track of which linguists had which files. MemoQ allows us to view files and compare them side-by-side to determine if they are the same document or not.
The documents had to be divided into 11 different batches with word counts ranging from approximately 3,000 words up to 12,300 words. We were also working on another Danish to English project at the same time for CSC, so we really had to reach out to our excellent network of resources.
Personally, I worked extra hours to handle the file management after translation to be ready for quality assurance (QA). Ultimately, Bill, our Manager of Production, reached out to the entire department to help me with the QA to get this job done. It was a real team effort!