It’s the million dollar question that is a staple to your company’s global success: How are you sure your translations are high quality – especially if you don’t speak the language?
Some may argue it’s a matter of partnering with a good vendor. Others may assume it’s leveraging a translation management system. Some may even go the lengths to say it’s all about the qualifications of a linguist. We’d have to say… it’s all of these things!
Over the course of the last several weeks, we’ve shared 10 blog posts that have given numerous tips and professional advice on how to implement and monitor processes to ensure you get high quality translations. So in case you missed any of the series, here’s the full list of posts on how to ensure you receive high quality translations and take your localization programs to a whole new level.
Part 1: Creating a quality plan
To reduce the likelihood of translation missteps from the beginning, companies need to work with their translation vendor(s) to plan out a process that instills quality translations. This post poses questions that will help you better understand the scope of your translation processes before you begin translations – so you can manifest quality from the start.
Part 2: Evaluating linguists
Since linguists serve as the core of quality translations, you have to be sure your translation provider is thoroughly evaluating a linguist for the best match before assigning him or her to your projects. This post lays out how vendors should evaluate linguists to fit your project needs and how you can be sure your project is in the hands of the right certified professional.
Part 3: Industry standards
There are several industry certifications and standards that a translation vendor can adhere to in order to ensure they have processes in place to provide high quality translations. This post examines some of the most important and common translation industry standards that enable you to derive even more value from a vendor’s services.
Part 4: Checks and balances
Quality needs to be considered at every step of the translation workflow, not just at the beginning or end. This post looks at the different checks and balances you can measure throughout the entire translation workflow to pinpoint any possible mishaps and ensure high quality translations.
Part 5: Measuring factors
Translation can be very subjective, which can make quality expectations seem hard to reach. This post illustrates that by having a vendor who can manage the content elements of your project – such as terminology, language and style – you’re a lot less likely to face inconsistencies.
Part 6: Planning for corrective action
When issues occur that can affect the quality of your translations, it’s important that your vendor has a clear corrective action plan. Not only do you need these issues quickly resolved, you also do not want the same issues to occur on future translations. This post shows how it can be done.
Part 7: Addressing linguistic concerns
If linguistic concerns do arise, you need to be confident that your translation vendor takes necessary actions to defuse the issue – including working with the linguist to meet your expectations, continually evaluating his or her work and removing that person from your project, if necessary. This post explains how vendors properly address linguist concerns to ensure you receive high quality translations.
Part 8: Auditing your vendor
The last thing you want to do is enter into a contract with a translation vendor and later find out their processes are not adequate. This post examines how to audit a vendor so you can be sure their processes equate to high quality translations and that your content is safe in their possession.
Part 9: Partnering with your vendor
While the work of your translation vendor heavily influences your translation’s quality, your actions are just as valuable. This post introduces several ways to take translation quality influence into your own hands and become a partner in your vendor’s workflow.
Part 10: Providing business metrics
Even after your translation project is all said and done, your translation vendor’s work is far from over. In fact, some of the most useful information can come from a vendor’s analysis of your translation projects. This post includes a list of five reports that are worth requesting from your vendor to monitor translation quality performance.
Thanks for following our blog series on ensuring high quality translations – we hope we’ve given you some tips on how to achieve your business’s expectations!