This question is asked in the context of a business/social/economic model that excels in hyping products and egos. Of course, we get damping attempts, such as truth in advertising.
We can do a lot of analysis, ex post facto. Calling before-the-fact mental, and computational, gymnastics 'analysis' may be problematic.
One would not expect for the issue of hype to be as much of a problem for engineering. Why? A product has to function and to do so in a very observable, measurable way. When a program forgets that, such as getting a plane into the air, things get fuzzy quick.
Of course, we still have to address the issues of earned value, especially in the context of globalization and finance.
02/24/2011 -- Gravy trains, et al.