A little over a year ago, we went through an exercise where we pinned up the year\u2019s covers and asked a group of CIOs to react to them. What we heard from them was surprising. After more than a decade of having our readers tell us that they wanted more failure stories (because IT is hard and there was more to learn from analyzing the setbacks their peers encountered than from celebrating their successes) and fewer articles about the CIO role (what we call, \u201cIt\u2019s all about you\u201d stories), this group of IT executives practically recoiled from those covers reflecting the former and were drawn to the latter like kids to candy.What was up with that?The backlash against IT a few years ago (a.k.a. the \u201cDoes IT Matter?\u201d debate) put CIOs on the defensive, forcing them to justify everything they did and how they did it. Any failure, anywhere, was seen as part of the mounting evidence against IT and against them. In short, CIOs felt beat up, and failure stories on the cover of CIO felt like a personal attack.So why are we putting \u201cMaine\u2019s Medicaid Mistakes\u201d on the cover? There are four reasons:It\u2019s an important and dramatic story. IT is a powerful tool; it can be dangerous in the hands of inexperienced operators. In this case, it wasn\u2019t just corporate profits at stake; it was people\u2019s health and welfare. As a journalistic enterprise, our responsibility is to report such stories.The mistakes made in this project were basic ones, Project Management 101. In 2006, there\u2019s no excuse for CIOs to be making these kinds of mistakes\u2014or for organizations to be undertaking such critical projects without adequate oversight and project management discipline in place. I believe the climate has changed. CIOs can stop feeling so defensive when they read about bad things happening in other organizations. Sometimes, it\u2019s not all about you!Finally, and perhaps most importantly, this story is filled with important lessons. Which brings me back to where I began.In addition to the 10 essential tips for successful project management you\u2019ll find in our cover story (by Washington Bureau Chief Allan Holmes, beginning on Page 46), this issue also delivers seven steps to a successful offshore relationship (\u201cThe Three\u2014or Four\u2014Year Itch,\u201d Page 56); three solutions to lowering your data center energy costs (\u201cPowering Down,\u201d Page 68); and MIT economist Erik Brynjolfsson\u2019s seven practices of highly effective organizations (though you\u2019ll have to visit our website at www.cio.com\/041506 for that one). If you do the math, that makes 27. And that\u2019s not even counting our columns and departments.So while our cover is dramatic and news-driven, our content is practical and useful. The cover is not about you, but the articles, we hope, will serve you well in your role as CIOs.Let me know how we did.