Rick Freedman, author of The IT Consultant, has experienced the agile transition from the inside. He has been working as an agile coach and trainer since the beginning of the agile movement. As Worldwide Project Management Director for Intel from 2001-2005, Rick evangelized, trained, and coached Intel project managers in the US, UK, China, India, Germany, and Australia. Since leaving Intel, Rick has contracted with ESI International, the worldwide training company, as their key agile consultant. He authored ESI's original Agile Project Management course and consulted with ESI as it expanded this offering into a suite of agile courses now delivered internationally. Through ESI, Rick has trained and coached clients such as major international banks, government agencies and healthcare consortiums, and he has worked extensively with clients in the high-tech and IT consulting industry to bring agile practices to development teams globally.