Check back Saturday and Sunday this weekend as we continue our series of posts on Spend Management heading upstream. I've spoken to a few people this week who've told me how Eric Hiller's guest posts last weekend (you can read them here and here) were far more informative and entertaining than mine on the same subject. And I could not agree more with these comments. So if you're interested in learning how design engineers as well as sourcing and operations organizations -- not to mention P&L owners -- can make better upfront product decisions that avoid locking in unnecessary cost and inefficiencies, I'd strongly urge to poor that cup of Joe this weekend, and then open up that web browser to Spend Matters before taking the first sip. You won't be sorry.