KM and The Pioneer Woman~

From the Science of Food Website

Deliciousness to The End!

The Pioneer Woman, absolutely brilliant Ree Drummond provides some of the most tasty and delicious recipes that represent the American palate for today and from a time gone by.   Please find an example of one of Ree’s wonderful recipes.   Her style uses both complex concepts along with simple staples to make for a meal that people like me don’t easily forget.

Spicy Dr Pepper Ribs

Prep Time: 8 Hours

Cook Time: 3 Hours
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 12


  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 can Dr. Pepper
  • 1 can (5 Ounces) Chipotle Peppers Packed In Adobo
  • 1/3 cup Brown Mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon White Vinegar
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 packages Pork Baby Back Ribs

Preparation Instructions

Prepare the marinade by gently boiling the first 6 ingredients in a medium saucepan until reduced and thick, about 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely. Divide into two containers and refrigerate one container for later.

Place ribs on a large baking sheet lined with heavy foil. Brush half the marinade all over the ribs on both sides. Cover with foil and refrigerate for 8 hours to marinate.

When you’re ready to cook the ribs, preheat the oven to 275 degrees. Place the pan, still covered in foil, into the oven for 2 hours. Remove the foil and increase the temperature to 300. Using the other half of the sauce, brush another generous layer all over the ribs. Return the pan to the oven and continue cooking for another 30 to 40 minutes, brushing on another layer of sauce as it cooks.

Remove the ribs when they’re fork tender (keep cooking until they are). Slice and serve!

The PW and Explicit Knowledge Transfer

You can find some of her newest creations or postings here   The recipe above is on this page as of today and there are images showing how to “stir the pot” so to speak.    I know we haven’t addressed KM yet but don’t worry, it is coming!  The Pioneer Woman expresses her style and her creations through many facets of explicit knowledge transfer and she is really very good at it.  She has a television show, books,  her website and other areas where she expresses herself.

The Drivers (Motivation) and Slight Transition

I Howie Cohen am a pretty good cook these days and the reason why is because while at home and serving food, I seek to give my family and friends what they want.    Why is the Pioneer Woman’s recipes so good?  Well.. they are so good because they are stuffed, filled, broiled, baked, stirred, fried and chilled with all of the things we love which are sugar, fat and salt.   Don’t take this as a complaint (please) it is a choice if you want to eat fatty, salty and sugary foods in fact when I am really aiming to please a house guest, they don’t want to know the calorie or salt numbers because they would probably hold their hands up to protect their hearts!   Some people think her food is unhealthy

A Finger on the Pulse does not make for an understanding of the Heart.

In other words, just cause something seems like it is good doesn’t mean it is good.  We really don’t know what the condition of the heart until we do some things to measure it, test it, look at it and look at things around it.   It takes outside help to see what is happening on our insides.  If we don’t pay attention and we just live for the day and check our pulse, the Pioneer Woman will be our first go to gal for delicious treats.   She can give us what we want, not always what we need. (Nothing wrong with Ree, just using her as an example)

The KM Recipe

  • A few parts people.
  • Lots and lots of process capture.
  • Lots of method capture.
  • Tools to use for purpose driven and awareness driven knowledge activities.

Howie.. WE HAVE BEEN DOING KM FOREVER.. How are you different?

What makes Paula Deen and Ree Drummond different?   What makes the Healthy Chef, Teresa Cutter different?

Knowledge Management has been around long before we called it KM.   We as people have been sharing recipes and the tacit knowledge around understanding our senses to know when something will taste not only good to you but to others for centuries.    In the past 100 years we have sought out ways and mechanisms to capture more knowledge and re-purpose it, reuse it, analyse it and find ways to use it to innovate and create new things.

I am just the guy who seeks to do two things in this field, work to give you what you want and work hard to share with you what you need.  In other words, I will help you make those delicious ribs if you like but I will certainly remind you or inform you that Dr. Pepper is known to have a few chemicals in it that can be harmful to your heath and useful to clean your radiator or toilets!

I heard you.. Not Enough.

Alright, I get it.  You want me to tell you more details because what I have said doesn’t say enough about what makes me and my team SO VERY special at KM.  There are a lot of people out there doing KM and I have just openly stated that you perform some form on KM at least everyday and even now if you are reading this.. there is knowledge transfer occurring.

Here is the deal.. if you want to know a lot more… for those of you who are secret squirrel types that believe in rainbows, unicorns and the magic of SharePoint PLEASE STOP HERE… READ NO FURTHER.. WE NEED AN NDA– Non Disclosure.. My methods are so good that I cannot tell you any more information without an agreement and payment up front. 

For the rest of you… read on…   Ready.. Set… I don’t know all the answers.  That is my secret.  At this moment as I sit here writing you on my blog about the deliciousness of the Pioneer Woman recipes and KM <— weird topic mix,  I don’t know what your problem is and I am not sure yet how to fix it.

Here is what I do know.    I know that knowledge is a wave of sorts and that knowledge is stacked onto knowledge.  This means that you have to actually know something to get to know something. These things that you need to know are prequalifications for leveling up on what you can know.   When I go to help an organization or a person, I take with me a body of knowledge in knowledge transfer, knowledge management, industrial psychology, psychometry<–just kidding and other areas of thought to help YOU figure out what to do to solve what ever the challenge is.   If it is peer to peer mentoring then that is what we look at together.   If it is sampling the organization to get a feel of the culture, that is what we look at.  If it is enjoying a smoothie and pontificating on the great crew change of 2020 and the end of life as we know it, I do that too.    There is no magic pattern.  There is no magic bullet.   There are a BUNCH of wonderful recipes out there for you.. some are delicious but harmful to your business and some are healthy and good for the business.   It is up to you what you want to accomplish and the difference between me and my team and other people who I have come across is that I am going to tell you that I don’t know but we can learn and figure out what to do to solve the challenges together.   If something comes up and myself or my team can’t figure it out.. (another NDA moment)  Please avert your eyes if you can’t take the answer!! I will get help from my friends and even if needed from people who I know that can help but may not like MY style.   Because that is what it takes.  

Last Part..

The only thing I want to point out now is that a lot of people are just checking their pulse and they know that at some point crew change is going to hurt them or some other catastrophic event is going to hurt their business.   Don’t wait for that to happen and suffer that consequence, invest a little now in strategies for the long-term.  You can have your Pioneer Woman dessert and a healthy dinner before it!!