Kumu can be used in many different ways and for many different types of projects, but there's definitely a shared set of skills you need to know to get started with Kumu.
To make sure you have a solid foundation of knowledge to build on, you can use this list of questions to guide you through all of the core Kumu concepts:
In the past, we've run live webinars to work through each of these questions. You can check out a live recording of a Kumu 101 webinar below, or, if you would rather get the answers in writing, keep reading!
Kumu aims to help make sense of our messy world, specifically through system mapping and network mapping.
Those two disciplines include many different kinds of visuals: causal loop diagrams, stock-and-flow diagrams, stakeholder maps, actor maps…you get the idea! Each of these visuals has it’s own unique characteristics, but at their core, all of them consist of shapes connected by lines.
But compelling maps aren’t just shapes and lines—a great map takes multiple layers of complicated information, sculpts them into a story, and ultimately allows an audience of readers to extract valuable insights, even if the readers have never seen a system map or network map before.
So—whether you’re mapping systems, networks, causal loops, or stakeholders—as long as you’re goal is to make sense of complexity, Kumu would love to help!
Each person who wants to edit any Kumu projects needs an account. An account is free to create, and it allows you to log into Kumu and access all of your projects, and projects that you’ve been given access to.
With your account, you also get a Basic workspace. In Kumu, workspaces are like folders, where you organize related projects. Your Basic workspace is a great place to keep personal projects.
If you have projects that multiple people need to collaborate on, you can create a Pro workspace (or upgrade your initial Basic workspace to Pro), and invite your collaborators to join the workspace.
In the Kumu 101 recording, you'll hear me refer to "personal accounts" and "organizations". We renamed "organizations" to "workspaces", but their features and functionality did not change.
To help you learn more about Kumu, we've put together some great resources. First and foremost is this documentation website, where you can find guides on everything there is to know about Kumu.
And if you have awesome work to share, we’d love to see it in either of those channels!