Enjoying Library Books on Your Mobile Device – [3] Found a Book

This is the 4th post in a series titled “Enjoying Library Books on Your Mobile Device “.

Check OutOnce you have found a book you’re interested in reading, there are four things you can do with it:


  1. Borrow it.
  2. Put a Reserve (Hold) on it because it’s already checked out.
  3. Add it to your Wish List.
  4. Share it with your friends on social media.  (this feature shares the book’s information, not it’s content)

Found a Book

The e-book series: OVERVIEW –1- Go to Library –2- Find A Book –3- Found A Book –4- Download > Read > Return

Enjoying Library Books on Your Mobile Device – [2] Find a Book

This is the 3rd post in a series titled “Enjoying Library Books On Your Mobile Device”.

SearchAfter you have logged into your library’s digital website, you have the entire digital collection at your fingertips.

  1. Browse by genre from the groupings displayed directly below your library’s logo at the top.
  2. Or browse by curated collection by viewing book cover thumbnails.
  3. Or Search by criteria you enter.
  4. Once you find one you like you can Sample a section or View more details on the book.

Find a Book

The e-book series: OVERVIEW –1- Go to Library –2- Find A Book –3- Found A Book –4- Download > Read > Return


Enjoying Library Books On Your Mobile Device – [1] Go to Library

This is the 2nd post in a series titled “Enjoying Library Books On Your Mobile Device”.

digital library
Finding and borrowing an e-book begins with browsing to your library’s digital website.

Remember … this isn’t the standard website for your library; it’s a special one specifically for digital content.

  1. Go to your library’s digital website.  Find it here.
  2. Bookmark the website so you don’t have to go to overdrive.com the next time you want to visit.
  3. Log in.  Using your library credentials, log into the website.  You will then see custom content such as “recommended” titles based on your borrowing history.

Go to Library

The e-book series: OVERVIEW1- Go toLibrary –2- Find A Book –3- Found A Book –4- Download > Read > Return

Enjoying Library Books On Your Mobile Device – Overview

i love libraries

i love the sounds and smells in a library

i love the personalities of librarians; mysterious, studious, and school principal-like

i love the feel of a hardback book in my hands

But, there are times when you can’t make it to the library — when you physically can’t get there or aren’t feeling well enough to go.  This is when an e-book is a great alternative. In addition, they have some unique characteristics physical books do not.  With an e-book YOU CAN …

search them

look up words while reading

read with large, extra large, or extra-extra large font

add electronic notes

highlight sections of text and find them later

bookmark your location then pick up where you left off on a different device

take as many with you as you can check outwithout needing a visit to the chiropractor

And what they do share with a physical book:

they’re free for checking out from your library

This is the first in a series of posts showing you how easy it is to borrow e-books from your library.

Narrowing the Focus

There are many e-book formats and e-reader devices.  This series will focus on:


The Kindle e-book format and reading on a Kindle e-reader or any of your mobile devices — your smart phone, your laptop, or your tablet.


What You Need

  1. Hardware – A Kindle e-reader, a smartphone, or a tablet.  And the cool thing is, if you have one or more of these devices, you can alternate between reading on one device and another with your progress kept in synch!  That is device happiness right there.
  2. Network – WiFi hotspot or direct connection to the Internet with a cable.
  3. Accounts – An account with a library, an Amazon account, and an email account.

The Partnership – Important to Know

OverDriveLogoLocal libraries have partnered with a company named OverDrive to manage their inventory of e-books and facilitate the borrowing activities surrounding them.  This partnership results in the delivery of your “digital library.”

Overdrive maintains a unique site for your library, which is where you’ll find, download, and return your borrowed e-books.  It’s a little sneaky, ’cause the site actually looks like your library’s site, but it’s really not.  If you look at the web address displayed in the address bar at the top of your browser, you’ll notice it is different.


Borrowing e-books from your library can be distilled into six basic steps.  Each step will be described in detail throughout this series.

e-Book Overview

The e-book series: OVERVIEW –1- Go to Library –2- Find A Book –3- Found A Book –4- Download > Read > Return

Using the TFS Scrum Process Template

Like finding a needle in a haystack, below are links to the information most relevant during the implementation of the TFS Scrum Process template.

Microsoft How-To: Scrum for Everyone – Visual Studio Magazine


Application Lifecycle Management in Visual Studio
From: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd286619(v=vs.110).aspx

Sprint Burndown

  • horizontal axis shows days in a sprint
  • vertical axis measures the amount of work that remains to complete the tasks in a sprint
  • if you divide a task into subtasks, specify hours only for the subtasks.  These hours are rolled up as summary values for the parent task.

Sprint Burndown


  • raw data is from product backlog
  • horizontal axis represents sprints
  • vertical axis measures the backlog effort the team has reported as complete (shown in whatever u nit the team uses)
  • Requires:
    • Iteration and Area Paths are specified
    • Effort in PBI is accurate
    • State of each PBI is accurate


Test Cases

MSDN Article

  • Test Case Readiness Report
    • data is derived from the data warehouse.
  • Requires:
    • Iteration and Area Path values are specified
    • State of each Test case is accurate


Using the TFS Scrum Process Template – Introduction

Visual Studio 2010 ships with a Scrum Process Template, which is a customized set of work items and workflow designed to work with the ceremonies associated with an agile team using scrum. If you’re familiar with TFS, using this tool is a no-brainer. Your standard “work items” just have different names and are embedded in a unique workflow.

Details about this tool can be found on the Microsoft Developer Network website in the section titled Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server.  They have done a fabulous job documenting how it works; I’m just adding to it.  I’ll frequently reference this site throughout this series.

In a multi-post series to follow, I will share the intricacies of how I put the pieces of the puzzle together to solve the unique needs of my project. My implementation has evolved through trial-and-error and is in no way the only way to skin the cat. The intent is that through sharing my implementation others will learn what can be done and come away with ideas on how to make it work on their teams.

Back story

I am a Certified ScrumMaster.  In the practical world, that doesn’t mean a whole lot.  I was certified back in 2008 by the king of agile, Ken Schwaber.  Look him up for insightful, no nonsense commentary on the topic.  Back then you didn’t have to demonstrate you could apply the knowledge you learned; you just had to survive eight hours of sitting in an uncomfortable convention room chair and a boxed lunch.  Fast forward to 2013 when I had my first opportunity to perform in the role of Scrummaster.  I was clueless and I still am for the most part.

I have 25 years experience as an analyst on development teams and have found the inherent skill sets of an analyst to be complimentary to the management of a product backlog.  Yes, the product backlog should be managed by the Product Owner, but in my experience, I haven’t had the luxury of  a knowledgable Product Owner, so I’ve had to be intimately involved in the backlog.

My experience with what I call “TFS”  has been while on contract for a state government agency, so we did not have the budget to make a specific purchase of a tool.   I kept hearing “TFS” in the context of the source control and commentary about workflow management, so I dug a little deeper.

TFS was used by the development team, but no one had spearheaded the effort to utilize the Scrum Process Template which ships with it. Here’s where I came in.  I take on crazy things like this because I like to figure things out.  What I figured out was there is a lot of information on the MSDN site, but it took me hours to dig through it.  I’ll try to provide some quick tips to help highlight how I have adopted the Scrum Process Template in the agency.   As a Certified Scrum Master, senior systems analyst, and stand-in Product Owner, the following blog series details my experience and implementation.

Portfolio > Systems Interfaces

Purpose: This document was created to communicate all the systems and describe their interface specifications within a specific business domain.

Audience: Internal business and IT stakeholders

Confidentiality Statement: This information is confidential and is owned by DMV.   It is being made available for a brief review of Debra Silbert’s portfolio, after which it will be removed from public view.

Dealing with personality types — not just at work

Understanding personality types is critical in your journey as a ScrumMaster.  Being a person who leans more toward the extrovert side of the graph, dealing with introverts was incredibly frustrating until I studied up on what motivates them and how they recharge their brains.

Here is an article with tips on dealing with introverts vs. extroverts.  It has two great graphics which I laminated and posted in our team room. 22 Tips to Better Care for Introverts and Extroverts