Government is a great example of this, and many other industries have the same situation with strong stakeholder voices and customers. Ideally, you want to satisfy both voices.

First, be clear about the process, who the customers and stakeholders are of that process, and their requirements. If we ask questions such as: “How do we satisfy the stakeholder and customer requirements for this process?” Teams can often come up with some very creative solutions to do both. But, often that question isn’t asked. It’s more a debate about which voice matter more. Instead use the genius of the “And.” Satisfy both. It can be done.

Tracy O'Rourke

Tracy is a Managing Partner & Executive Advisor at For almost 20 years, she's helped leading organizations like Washington State, Cisco and GE build problem-solving muscles with Lean Six Sigma to achieve their goals.