Agile software development in the federal government

Mehul Sanghani & Jeremy Kolonay, Octo Consulting Group

wfedstaff | April 17, 2015 5:52 pm

December 3, 2013 — In 2010 Vivek Kundra listed out 25 points as a reform plan; a key part was modular software development.

Today on “Federal Tech Talk”, host John Gilroy interviews two proponents of agile software development who will detail how to apply it to a federal agency.

In the studio are Mehul Sanghani, CEO, and Jeremy Kolonay, development manager, at the Octo Consulting Group.

During the interview, they discuss several aspects of agile software development.


The team from Octo talked about federal reporting practices, traditional artifact review, and the difficulty in getting timely and frequent input.

Two key concepts are cultural readiness and the language of agile.

Every profession seems to develop a specific language.

Lawyers are famous for idiosyncratic terminology, but federal workers are certainly famous for their abbreviations and acronyms.

Terms like “Spring” and “Product Manager” are defined and applied to the federal space.

It is one thing to change the wording process, a completely different task to change the culture of a federal agency when it comes to defining requirements.

Some lack trust in iterative solutions.

During the interview, Sanghani gives success stories from federal agencies that have made the switch.