Few projects can do without them. Usually they’re positioned as a kick-off in the beginning and as a conclusion at the end. They are incredibly productive, intensive, and almost always hugely successful. Even when things don’t exactly go according to plan. And so, this is why I would like to dedicate the next article in the series ‘blc stories’ to our favourite pastime: workshops.
Hot summer, hot room, hot workshop
The six of us are sitting at what feels like 45 degrees Celsius in a 15 square metre space. Air conditioning? Unavailable. Open a window? Bad idea, thanks to the freeway next door. It’s time to sweat. My boss is sticking her cell phone up in the air. “Bad reception here, huh?”. Our client shrugs. “There’s no signal anywhere. But I can get you a Wi-Fi connection.”. We immediately delegate to the assistant. I start digging through our backup tapes. Preparation is key.
Despite the heat (and the absence of Wi-Fi, despite the nice assistant’s efforts), I manage to workshop like a pro. The task is to work out an ingenious change request, an all-rounder, so to speak: concordance searches via translation memories of all languages, automatically generated correction orders, a Simply Perfect status for corrections, every wrong article should be eradicated! My cheeks are glowing and I am sticking pre-prepared paper circles on the wall. Automated. Boom! All-encompassing. Boom! A plus with an asterisk. Boom! “So, of course, the whole thing has to be agile and work in the cloud, but without compromising privacy, of course!” Double Boom!
The paper circles are sailing down wearily, because sweat and tape don’t match, and the enthusiasm of my audience is also limited. The ladies on the manufacturer’s front raise concerns, talk about bold requirements, you must look first, oh and scheduling is a tough job right now. Our customer shows a severe lack of oxygen by yawning. His colleague is attempting to follow me and nods. “‘It’s the same. So, and so not different”. My boss lets out a confused “Huh?”. Time for a break.
Girl-Power in the Ladies’ Room
“My God, it’s hot in there!” We gather in the ladies’ room (without the men, of course), stuff paper towels under our arms and look in vain for cold water at the tap.
“The Simply Perfect status is a great idea, great name too, we can do that, no problem.” One of the manufacturing ladies euphorically sticks her thumb in the air. The other one does not: “But you can forget about the search, that will take forever with this amount of data. Especially in the cloud.”. “We want even more“, my boss calls out and crosses her arms in front of her chest. “We want to know from which translation job the result comes, from which source document and from which translator.” – No. – Yes. – Oooh!
All’s well that ends well
Barely ten minutes later, we have established a solid CR base in the ladies’ room and return to the men. There we finalize the CR together with the customers and they agree very gratefully to our suggestions, basically they all want to get out of this sauna. In the end we are sweaty but happy – and a successful workshop day draws to a close. “So, we did it! We on for iced coffee in the cafeteria?” At least we all understood the idea of iced coffee 🙂
And so this CR went down in our company history as the Glorious CR of the ladies’ room.