Do you speak software?
Do you understand how global software products are localized?
Can you influence localization priorities within product teams?
Can you ensure localization isn't an afterthought to technical teams?
The only course designed to enable localization professionals to succeed in impacting and influencing software stakeholders.
Known as the "Do You Speak Software?" seminars.
Software is everywhere.
Every business is being transformed by software.Food, transportation, healthcare, entertainment...No value chain is untouched.For some, software is the product.You cannot ignore software and succeed.
These companies ignored software.
In the past 15 years, 57% of Fortune 500 companies became extinct. (Source: Innosight)
When you interact with software product managers or developers - what do you do?
I'm not technical.
You don't need to become a developer!Chances are you started as a translator or linguist.You know the value of building a new vocabulary.We provide a view into the world of software development.Allowing you to confidentially interact with any stakeholder.
Always ask for help.
Teams help each other, but time is precious.Sometimes your coworkers don't 'have a minute'.Google is great... if you ask the right question.Posting on slack doesn't always get an answer.Everyone is busy with their own work.
Hire an engineer.
The biggest shortage on earth are software engineers.So says the CEO of Shopify - Toby Lütke.One solution is a L10N engineer, but...Hiring is difficult, costly, risky and there is a ramp up.Can you delegate, manage and measure success?
Developers speak a different language.
Communicating with developers means learning a new language.Acronyms, jargon, and vocabulary are all new.You know that context is crucial.Collaboration is key to understanding one another.Sorry, but Duolingo doesn't speak software!
You can't ignore software.
You know content and translations.But how do developers work?What are their processes, tools and systems?What do they do and why do they work that way?How does software "code" become a product?If you can't answer those questions, you're not alone.
Learn to "Speak Software" in six one-hour seminars.
The only course teaching the basics of software
that's built for Localization Professionals.
Understand how software is built and where localization can influence that process.
Learn software product development concepts & where localization problems arise.
Learn, and be able to use, software development terminology and language.
Understand how best-in-class software developers build products.
Stay current on new software development initiatives and how they will impact your work.
Learn how localization requests for fixes impact developers.
You are NOT alone!
What other localization leaders say about this course:
As a localization manager, I've always known what I'd need from developers in order to ensure a top quality localized product. However, the world of software has been a big black box within which a number of inexplicable things happen. By teaching me the basics of software development, key concepts and the ways in which developers think, Speak Software has empowered me to tackle software localization issues in a more productive manner.Delving into conversations with developers can be daunting, but this course will definitely give you the tools and the confidence to do exactly that.
Yngvild N. Trøan, Senior Localisation Manager at Deliveroo
Any successful manager has to speak their stakeholders’ language, there is no other way. For a localisation professional with no technical background, this course makes it easy to start having meaningful conversations about software localisation. It doesn’t just help you understand the language that product and engineering teams speak, but also gives insights into the way they work, think and make decisions, so you know what you can get done and what you can’t. One-to-one sessions are really helpful, too. You can clarify your doubts, test your ideas and get feedback in a safe, friendly environment.I can’t recommend this course enough.
Localisation Management Consultant and Co-Founder at Grow-thru
The Speak Software course does exactly what it says. It has enabled me and my team to have better conversations with our software development colleagues, and it has definitely increased our level of influence with them.Before taking the course, we had an internationalization initiative in progress that was not getting enough traction; after six sessions with Jerry, we were able to reframe it and get the support and active participation of the relevant leaders. We are finally making progress in this area!Jerry is a fabulous instructor. The pace of the lessons is just right, and he manages to convey an awful lot of technical information without overwhelming non-technical brains. The additional 1:1 clarity sessions are very helpful for bridging any gaps in putting theory into practice.Without a doubt, this course was worth the investment for us. So glad we took it!
Globalization Manager (Publicly Traded Company)
What is format of the seminar series?
One-hour zoom meetings with fellow participants. You get access to all visuals and recordings of the session. We also schedule one-to-one follow-ups to answer questions.Some participants have purchased additional hours of company-specific coaching and consulting. This is available on a per-hour and package basis.
What is outline of the course content?
Seminar 1: What is: Agile & SDL, Resource files, strings, key-value pairsSeminar 2: What are: Repositories, Software layers, tech stacks, IDEs. I18n Case Study Part 1Seminar 3: CI/CD and how not to break it, A Product Internationalization Framework. Case Study Part 2Seminar 4: What is: Unicode, UTF Encoding, Glyphs & code points, ICU in software, CLDR, localsSeminar 5: Overview: ICU Libraries, ICU messaging format, ICU arguments, software frameworks. Case Study Part 3Seminar 6: What is an API (and why it matters on a TMS, Software L10n frameworks, SDKs, Keyboard IMES
What is the business case I can show my company for this course?
Yes, Please contact us using the form below and request the current business case.
Is this expense reimbursable?
Yes. Our participants have this expense reimbursed by their companies. We provide support & documentation.
When are the sessions scheduled?
Usually over two weeks on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays in the afternoon. But we try and find a time that works for all participants. Contact us for the latest cohort schedule.
Who teaches the course?
I'm Jerry Everett, the founder and teacher of the course. I discovered the localization industry while researching the problems of international expansion. You can see my LinkedIn profile or contact me by email. Like you, I struggled to learn the basics of software. I have been a life-long learner and teacher and love to help others navigate new territory.
My "Course Clarity" Guarantee: If you struggle to understand any part of the course content I will take as much time as you need (online, one-to-one, confidentially) until it is completely clear.
I have a question. Can I contact you directly?
Yes. Please use the form below and the 'ask a question now' field.
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