I'm a big advocate of Lean methodologies as a way to improve a company's operations and therefore I follow a number of Lean related blogs. Jon Miller in a recent posting, Here are 4.5 Signs that Your Lean May be L.A.M.E. at Gemba Panta Rei talks about Lean is getting a unjust reputation due to poor implementations. Miller refers to Mark Graban at the Lean Blog who coined the term L.A.M.E as "Lean As Misguidedly Executed". In essence, the problem isn't with the concept of Lean but rather how it is implemented.
The same holds true for many of the IT related projects we work on. Our projects start out with a lot of hope and great expectations and as time goes on people become disillusioned and disappointed with the outcome.