ReadySetGo: Agile Localization

Are you and your customer's development team already Agile or moving towards Agile? Do you seek insight into where Agile is applied and how? What terms, techniques, and tools one should know about? Well, this is your ReadySetGo jump start into the world of the Agile Manifest and your tool kit to support localization for agile software development.

ReadySetGo: Agile Localization PM
ReadySetGo: Agile Localization PM

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2 Hours 30 minutes

Matthias Caesar



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Maybe you are familiar with the so-called waterfall method in software development. The objective here is to complete projects on time and within budget with deliverables that meet the requirements identified in the design phase.

The objective of Agile is to deliver the right product that meets the expectations and needs of the users.

The term Agile Management is applied to an iterative, incremental method of managing the design and build activities of engineering, information technology and other business areas that aim to provide new product or service development in a highly flexible and interactive manner. Agile is focused on subsequent releases of a particular product or asset, often a software application, and not limited by a project start and end date like it is typically the case with projects and project management.

The course includes hands-on exercises on how to use things like Scrum, Boards and Repositories. You will learn about Epics, Features and Backlog Items. To make things tangible we will use an open-source software (Weblate) to setup a demo project and simulate a weekly development and localization sprint. (For this, you will be asked to create a free account for the use of Weblate and GitHub)

If you want, you can bring your own resource files; you know, those properties, resx, yaml or json files.😉

On completion of this course, you will walk away with:

  • A practical understanding of the vocabulary used in agile development
  • Insights into how to setup a tool and process to integrate your localization efforts into development
  • A sample localization sprint using a web based L10n tool to see things in action

Target Audience:

  • Localization Project Managers
  • Localization Program Managers
  • Localization Specialists
  • (Buyers/Client Side)

Key Takeaways

  • I can “talk agile” and participate actively in “agile projects”
  • I understand the purpose and use of repositories
  • I know how to setup a basic agile localization project

Course Outline

  1. Setting the stage – Overview and intro (15 mins)
  2. Past, Present, Future
  3. Software development methods, incl. Waterfall
  4. How development <-> localization currently works, mostly
  5. Agile, Agile Manifest, Agile Mindset (60 mins)
  6. What is Agile?
  7. Terminology
  8. How does it work? Scrum as an example.
  9. Tools supporting “agile”

Hands-on exercise “Agile Localization” (45 mins)

  1. Setup a localization project online
  2. Link the project and the development efforts
  3. Roundtrip of an agile localization sprint
  4. Q&A (30 mins)

Please note: recording or republishing any part of the class session is prohibited. We do this in order for students to be able to speak and share experiences freely with the instructor and their fellow classmates in a comfortable and safe environment without fear that something they say might later be made public.

About Your Instructor

Matthias Caesar

Matthias Caesar started in this industry almost 30 years ago. With his first company in the 90th he learned a lot about how localization works by collaborating with clients like Microsoft and Amazon. The EEIG (a European Economic Interest Grouping) he founded became one of only 4 Premier Localization Vendors for Microsoft in the early 2000th.

For the past 10 years his focus shifted from the world of Windows towards enterprise software and mainly SAP. This entails a lot of process consulting, increasingly agile processes.

In the past 3 years he also started sharing his knowledge with students at Hochschule Anhalt as a guest lecturer.

Topic: Project Management in Software Localization.

Hochschule Anhalt is the only university in Germany which offers Master Studies in Software Localization.

Previously he served as a board member of GALA and, as a fun-fact, founded an early initiative for localization professional certification (TILP) with Reinhard Schäler in 2002.