Agile Conferencing

Why Agile?

One of the great benefits of a conference is face-to-face interaction, learning, and sharing. At GALA 2013, we will again take that interaction to a new level with agile conferencing sessions that capitalize on the energy and collective intelligence in the room to address an issue and develop solutions.

Agile sessions take principles from agile development, used by design and software teams to keep pace with change and provide client-focused service. GALA will apply the most relevant attributes of this methodology to create a conference experience that is truly collaborative and highly productive.

Agile conferencing at GALA 2013 will significantly build on the small-group discussion sessions of the past. Each agile session will have a leader that will guide the group's participants. All attendees are encouraged to participate and share their thoughts, ideas, and experiences. No one will walk away empty handed, nor empty “minded”:  It will be a collective, interactive and highly energetic experience.

Agile at GALA 2013

There will be three agile "tracks" at GALA 2013. Each track will have a leader who will manage the three sessions of each track. Each session will focus on a particular aspect of a pre-defined topic and the participants will iteratively and collectively build toward a conclusion. Attendees may attend one, two, or all three sessions. Conference attendees who do not attend all relays can hear a summary of the sessions and continue to explore some of the topics on Wednesday morning.

Translation Memory and Management Systems: Which functions truly matter?
Leader: Jörgen Danielsen (Eule Lokalisierung)
Three sessions:

  • The Client Side: What are the functionalities buyers really need from a translation memory or translation management system?
  • The Middle Ground: What are the functionalities a multilingual service provider really needs?
  • The Work Floor: What are the functionalities a single-language vendor or translator really needs?

The objective of these sessions will be to come up with three lists of functions that attendees either find missing or find superfluous in a TM or TMS software. Attendees will prioritize the functions based on criteria defined by the group. These lists will be distributed to the software vendors attending the conference. On Wednesday, they will be invited to respond to these lists and explain how their software deals with the issues raised.

Post-editing: Fundamentals, Infrastructure, and Resources
Leader: Harald Elsen (DELTA International CITS), and Jennifer Brundage (Lucy Software and Services)
Three sessions:

  • Fundamentals: What are the economical and operational requirements? Where is the post-editing task located within the localization workflow? Which parameters control the effort and the working methods?
  • Technical support and infrastructure: A sharper focus on how the post-editing task could be technically integrated and supported within the localization workflow.
  • Skills and remuneration: What skills should post-editors have? How should they be trained? how can fair and promising compensation models be developed?

Building a Cost-effective Quality Strategy for Your Content
Leader: Catherine Guinon (Amway)
Three sessions:

  • Envision and build: create the right QA Program for your linguistic teams.
  • Develop your team: identify your dream team and their roles: hiring or deployment strategy of resources, team responsibilities
  • Compare and evaluate: what model, technology, and process does your company currently have to cost-effectively test quality of content?

High quality of localization and translation content is a ubiquitous goal in our industry. We all have different definitions of what exactly "quality" means and deploy a wide variety of processes to achieve our goals. The underlying objective is to achieve these goals with a streamlined process that maximizes the use of technology. In these sessions, you will learn what methods, processes and technologies are being used by your colleagues so that you can implement those that fit best with your strategy.

Pre-registration for these sessions is not required.

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