Sorry I wasn't around when Neverendingo signed you in. Just a couple of things to add - check Translation_Workflow, but from your background most of it will be familiar to you. Sordon recently agreed to head up German translations, so it would be good if you contacted him.
True Translation Memory was only implemented a few days ago, so any work you an Sordon do now should be laying the foundations for good future translations. Any other questions you have, ping me. Good luck! and above all, enjoy.