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What is the difference between a "Requirement" and a "Feature"?

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A requirement is a capability that a product must possess to ultimately satisfy a customer need or objective. A requirement tends to be more granular, and is written with the implementation in mind.


A feature is a set of logically related requirements that allows the user to satisfy an objective. A feature tends to be a higher-level objective than a requirement.

For example, when designing an Online Bookstore:

  • Feature:
    • Online Shopping Cart
  • Requirements:
    • User shall be able to add books to online shopping cart
    • User shall be able to remove books from online shopping cart
    • User shall be able to view books in the online shopping cart at any time
    • ...
    • User shall be able to start his checkout from the shopping cart

Our blog post here addresses this question as well.

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