August 22, 2016 | Julia Schaefer
Blackstone Federal Services Disrupts Traditional Performance Planning with New Agile Performance Process
Blackstone’s performance planning process gives employees the opportunity to drive their own career success.
Arlington, VA – August 18, 2016 – Blackstone Technology Group is excited to announce its Federal Practice recently launched a new agile performance planning process that will be rolled out to the rest of the 275+ person company this quarter.
As part of its commitment to continuous improvement, Blackstone evolved from a traditional bi-annual performance evaluation process to an employee-led, iterative coaching plan which values communication over documentation. The new plan encourages employees to create personalized roadmaps that are self-driven and align personal, professional and team growth objectives.
“We are very excited about this transformation and the positive impact it will have on employee professional development, happiness and overall team & customer success,” said Giles Kesteloot, Executive Director of Blackstone Federal Services. “If continuous improvement is going to be truly embraced by an organization, it requires a willingness by the entire company to re-evaluate the status quo, research innovative ideas for improving the current state, and evolve through frequent communication and feedback. This new coaching plan is one of several employee centric improvements we have made in 2016 as we embrace our ‘Silicon Valley’ roots and continue to differentiate ourselves within the beltway ecosystem.”
Blackstone’s leadership established its Federal Practice in 2002 in direct response to the events of September 11, 2001 with the goal of delivering industry expertise with commercial capabilities and best practices to help secure our homeland. Blackstone Federal Services has since grown to over 100+ employees. With specializations in Cloud, Cyber Security, Agile and DevOps, our experienced technologists bring digital expertise and innovative technologies and solutions to accelerate valuable mission outcomes.
Blackstone Federal has a proven track record of delivering mission results for many U.S. Federal Agencies such as Homeland Security, civilian and healthcare agencies. Our team members have received the Industry’s top certifications including AWS, CISSP, SAFe, PMI-ACT and PMP.