The “how to” of terminology project planning
This is the first of a series of posts related to terminology project management. There are many aspects involved in terminology project planning and we need to talk about them in detail. This and future related posts will be organized under a separate page for ease of reference as they are published.
In order to better understand how a project is developed we have to explore the basics of project management. Every project, regardless of its nature (that is, whether it is a terminology or a construction project) shares essential characteristics and follow similar steps.
Our terminology project will be unique, that is, it will different from other projects, even other terminology projects. It will have specific objectives or goals to achieve, it will require resources (tools, money) and the preparation of budgets, it will be developed under a specific schedule, it will involve the participation of stakeholders (people who are affected by it) and, finally, it will include quality assessments.
In summary, a project is a process that includes a series of activities that will be carried out under a specific schedule to achieve an objective(s) taking into consideration time, costs, and resources.
There is certainly a risk involved because there will always be elements of uncertainty: We might start with a budget that could be reduced, we might have to work with people who are not fully committed to the project, or they might be issues that delay the original schedule. But a terminology project is an ongoing process, and we can always find ways to tackle these problems. You would probably reach your final goal, but that goal will also render a product: a termbase that will need constant updating and maintenance. That is why it is so important to start with the right foot and make sure that all steps are followed correctly.
A project is not the final destination, it is a journey. Your terminology project will probably be just one of many, but every one of them will be a continuous learning experience for which you will have to put in to practice your skills, apply the best methodology, and use the adequate tools (e.g. termbase) to plan, monitor, and deliver the expected benefits.
On a separate section in this blog I talk about the business case, that is, how to justify your terminology project, so I would suggest you check it out before we go any further. (Read it here)
So, hold on to your seats, as this will be a fun ride! And as you ride along, don’t forget that this is just the tip of the iceberg and that you can also deepen your knowledge by taking a MOOC (free online course) on project management which will give you a broader perspective of what to expect. Just go to http://www.mooc-list.com/, to search for your favorite MOOC.
Sources and further reading:
- Leadership Principles for Project Success by Thomas July. Read here.