It was in a meeting room inside a large automotive giant’s IT organisation, somewhere in Japan. I was representing a data migration software development team as an IT manager (also played a technical leadership role) for the first time. The software was intended to migrate large volume of data between two enterprise systems. I was about to present the software performance characteristics report for the first time and was already nervous under the quiet air conditioner in the land of the rising sun. The IT manager from the customer responsible for the project, few of my team members (all English speaking), a very experienced Japanese-English interpreter and myself were present in the room.