Workflow Bottleneck


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Personal bickering about over-high target in workplace without regards of realization result.

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Workflow Bottleneck

  1. 1. Workflow bottleneck<br />on Comic approval process<br />
  2. 2. Pre-Editing<br />
  3. 3. Production material acquiring<br />No copy to work on<br />Need original book as material to be translated.<br />Working copy can be purchased from book stores.<br />Non-procedural way.<br />Additional cost.<br />Can’t be done on old or out-of-print books.<br />Working copy sent by licensor.<br />Procedural way.<br />Sent after contract agreement.<br />Took time for shipment.<br />Sometimes licensor are very late in shipping.<br />
  4. 4. Production material acquiring<br />No stock of materials to work on<br />Slow licensing process from licensor.<br />Some publishers have strict schedule for license request.<br />No new titles to be worked on.<br />New title licensing took more time.<br />Avoidance of titles with lots of modification<br />Avoiding bottleneck in approval process.<br />Most titles has parts that needed modification to be published in Indonesia.<br />
  5. 5. Translation process<br />Pre-translation<br />Working copy is photocopied to be sent to translator.<br />Tight deadline: long queue of books to be photocopied.<br />Translation<br />Limited number of translator<br />Quality issue<br />Time needed to edit the translation caused editors to prefer experienced translators.<br />Training translators had be done by editors who’s already having other work load.<br />Time issue<br />Quantity of translations per translator adds up time needed to get result.<br />Discipline<br />Some translators are difficult to contact.<br />Part-time freelance translators had time issue.<br />Freelance: cheaper cost.<br />
  6. 6. Editing<br />
  7. 7. Editing load<br />High monthly target<br />8 titles published per editor = 8 titles edited<br />Editing speed versus load<br />Per book editing time average: 2 days<br />8 books = 8 x 2 days = 16 days.<br />Monthly work day average = 22 days.<br />6 days for other processes (proof editing).<br />Difficult titles needed more time.<br />Per book proof editing time average: 0.5~1 day<br />8 books = 8 x 0.75 days = 6 days.<br />Proof number target = 3.<br />3 x 6 days = 18 days.<br />Editors will most likely need to do jobs outside work hour to meet the target.<br />Result: long time and abundance of errors.<br />
  8. 8. Post editing<br />
  9. 9. Approval process<br />Licensed books needed approval process to be published<br />Materials needing approval<br />Cover design<br />Logo and picture editing.<br />Copyright statement<br />Name and years.<br />Modified pictures<br />Need to be done to conform to local ethic standard.<br />Main market are juveniles even for titles originally targeted to more mature market.<br />
  10. 10. Approval process<br />Slow approval process<br />Needed approval check from licensor side<br />Picture modification needed approval from author.<br />Response are slow<br />Standard: 5 work days.<br />Reality: sometimes involve repeated confirmation request without any response.<br />
  11. 11. Suggestions<br />
  12. 12. Suggestion<br />Stockpiling materials<br />Copy & translations<br />Limited time to request.<br />Contract expiration.<br />Limited number of qualified translators.<br />Edited materials<br />Having more materials ready.<br />Need tighter scheduling that can be met.<br />Too much external factors.<br />No warranty on translation and material acquiring.<br />Current high workload doesn’t leave much room.<br />Approvals<br />Sending cover and modification ahead.<br />
  13. 13. Suggestion<br />Reducing of workload<br />Aggressive outsourcing of editing<br />Cost associated with freelance editors.<br />Difficulties to accept reducing of work load for current staffs.<br />Rethinking of target number (highly unlikely)<br />Problem: target will always go up.<br />Target are based on estimates and previous year’s target.<br />Realization is always lower.<br />No lowering/correction of target based on realization.<br />Related to corporate finance planning.<br />Plans established two years ahead.<br />