9. Count arrows

Canvas Guidance Step 9: Count outgoing arrows A for each main word box + count incoming arrows E + enter in the table as A|E (tip: for easier counting draw a dot on the incoming and outgoing arrows with a red pencil; important: if values A = 0 or E = 0, cross them out and replace with a 1)

Anyone can count

This is probably the simplest step in Kubernetik. For each noun in the relationship map, count the outgoing arrows first, then the incoming arrows. Enter the values for outgoing arrows in the table next to the noun in column „A“, or all incoming arrows in column „E“. For example, 5|7 is then in the table.


It is strongly recommended to use the red pencil to mark the incoming or outgoing arrows with a dot as soon as they have been counted. This will look like this:

advantage is that it is more fun, you stay focused on counting and especially that you haven’t forgotten to count any arrows. You can easily check this by checking again after counting each noun or at the end of each noun if an arrow has no red dot.

At this point, it also explains that it is easier to count the arrows if you

  • draw the arrows neatly docked to the edge of the rectangle
  • paint the arrowheads so that they are not mistakenly counted as outgoing arrows

0- Replace values with 1

It can happen that a noun has no incoming or outgoing arrows. Then write „0“ into the table and cross out the 0 first. In the next two steps you will replace the „0“ with a „1“ when multiplying or dividing. As you know, otherwise 0|3 = 0 or 5|0 = infinite.

For experienced

If you have made some Kubernetik, you can optionally write the values in the relationship map over the noun instead of in the table. This requires some practice, because you have to think about the place in advance before you draw in the nouns and arrows.

Next step 10

In the next 10. Step you will simply multiply the number of arrows arriving and departing.