Product management glosary


What is Buy-a-Feature?

Product Management Glossary

What is Buy-a-Feature?

Buy-a-Feature is a prioritization technique used in product management to involve customers in the decision-making process. It is a collaborative exercise where customers are given a budget and asked to vote on the features they would like to see in a product. The features with the most votes are then prioritized for development.

How does Buy-a-Feature work?

The Buy-a-Feature exercise typically involves the following steps:

  1. Identify a set of features that are under consideration for development.
  2. Assign a cost to each feature based on the estimated effort required to develop it.
  3. Give customers a budget of hypothetical money that they can use to buy the features they want.
  4. Ask customers to vote on the features they would like to see in the product by spending their budget.
  5. Calculate the total amount spent on each feature and prioritize the features with the most money spent on them.

What are the benefits of Buy-a-Feature?

Buy-a-Feature has several benefits:

  • Customer involvement: Buy-a-Feature involves customers in the decision-making process, which can lead to higher customer satisfaction and loyalty.
  • Prioritization: Buy-a-Feature helps prioritize features based on customer demand, which can lead to a more successful product.
  • Transparency: Buy-a-Feature provides transparency into the decision-making process, which can help build trust with customers.

What are the limitations of Buy-a-Feature?

Buy-a-Feature has some limitations:

  • Cost: Buy-a-Feature can be expensive to implement, especially if a large number of customers are involved.
  • Representativeness: Buy-a-Feature may not be representative of the entire customer base, as only those who participate in the exercise are involved in the decision-making process.
  • Complexity: Buy-a-Feature can be complex to set up and manage, especially if there are many features under consideration.