Market requirements document (MRD) templates

Last updated: April 2024

A deep understanding of your market landscape is essential to product leadership. The best product development teams are always tracking market trends, identifying new opportunities, and planning for risks. This type of market analysis combined with customer knowledge gives you valuable insight into how to build a product that meets existing needs.

A market requirements document (MRD) can be a useful tool for consolidating your high-level research. It includes key data points on market size, target customer characteristics, and the competitive landscape. Many product teams use some version of an MRD to validate and align on what is happening in the market — so you can gain an advantage over other solutions and deliver on your customers' needs.

MRDs are often created when initially launching a product. But it is worth revisiting your MRD periodically, especially when you are planning a big product enhancement. If your MRD is lightweight and flexible, you can cycle in fresh insights to keep the team engaged in thoughtful product planning. A well-crafted MRD can also inform your product requirements document (PRD) — a more detailed overview of your desired product functionality.

In this guide, we will dive into the standard components of an MRD — from the executive summary to the metrics strategy. If you want to get started now, we offer an MRD note template in Aha! software that includes helpful hints and instructions. You can also try the free downloadable MRD template for Word in this guide.

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Key components of an MRD

An MRD is intended to articulate the market opportunity, prospective customers, and your high-level plan for delivering your solution. The details you include should be based on any market and customer research you have conducted. Typically your findings can be summarized in these seven sections:

  • Executive summary: What problem are you trying to solve?

  • Vision: What makes your product or service unique?

  • Target market: How big is the opportunity or market size?

  • Personas: Who are you solving the problem for?

  • Competitor analysis: What alternatives currently exist?

  • High-level capabilities: What functionality must be included to solve customer needs?

  • Metrics strategy: How will you measure success?

Let's explore each component in detail below.

Executive summary

The executive summary is a condensed version of the entire document — with top-level objectives, customer challenges, and proposed solutions. It typically includes these sections:

Market description

Overview of the target market size, current market share, and important trends

Key objectives

Product goals that are specific, measurable, and time-bound

Opportunities and threats

Opportunities for success in the market and threats from competitors, market conditions, and other external factors

Customer challenges

Primary customer problems you are solving


Proposed solutions to help address customer problems


Product vision represents the core essence of your product — where you are headed and why it is important. It sets a clear direction that guides product goals, initiatives, and decisions.

Vision statement

A simple, aspirational statement that captures the future of your product and why it matters

Product differentiation

Factors that distinguish your product from other solutions in the marketplace

Target market

The target market section includes industry data and customer details to substantiate the market opportunity. You can use this section to capture information about both existing and potential markets.

Market category

The category of the market that your product is classified in — such as cloud services, e-commerce, and healthcare, among many others

Market size

The number of potential customers who would benefit from buying your product — often measured as an estimated revenue range. For example, you can calculate market size by multiplying the number of potential customers in your market category by their average annual revenue.

Market share

Refers to the percentage of sales in the industry earned by your product. Divide your product sales by total sales for the market (via industry data) to determine market share.

Key customer segments

Potential customer segments that will use your product — segmented by demographics, psychological attributes, geography, or behavior

Customer challenges

Primary pain points felt by your customers


Fictional representations of your customers, including demographic information, goals, challenges, and preferences. See the Personas table below for more information.


Companies that offer similar products or services within the same market. See the Competitor analysis table below.


Channels available for communicating with your target market — such as email, website, and referral


Customer personas are fictional representations of the real people who interact with your product. Well-defined personas help you empathize with your customers, understand their needs, and build a better product. You can create a unique persona to represent each customer type.


A name that helps define who the persona is


A high-level description of their job, role, and interests


Years of experience in their role or position

Job responsibilities

Functions, tasks, and competencies as part of their role


Average level of school years completed

Product knowledge

Their familiarity with your product — i.e. high, medium, low


Personal or professional objectives


External or internal factors that block progress towards their goals


Preferences related to products and services that solve their challenges


Dislikes related to products and services that solve their challenges

Trusts information from

Sources they receive information from and respect


Other people in their organization that they have influence over and share information with

Competitor analysis

The competitor analysis section outlines other solutions that offer similar products or services to yours. Understanding the other options available to your customers can help you differentiate your product in the marketplace. Complete this section separately for each major competitor.


Name of competitor


Their mission statement or high-level business objective


A summary of the organization and any distinguishing features (often found on the company's "About us" page)


Products or services they provide


A rough estimate of company revenue, if available


Their target customers and how they differ from your own


Areas in which they excel


Areas in which they are lacking (or for which your product excels)


Factors that make them unique or compelling in the market

High-level capabilities

This section of the MRD turns to your product's capabilities — how it will help customers solve the problems you have defined. At this point, avoid detailed design and development specifications. This is a high-level summary to help the product team align on what needs to be built.

Jobs to be done

The jobs or tasks that your customers need to complete

Current challenges

Current challenges faced by customers that your product will solve. If you are completing this section of the MRD for an existing product, you can include current difficulties that customers are experiencing with the product.

Desired capabilities

Functionality that customers want — based on customer feedback

Metrics strategy

This final section focuses on performance metrics and is typically tied to your business model. For a new product, you will look at high-level objectives and metrics. For a new feature set, you will zero in on the impacts of the new features.


Projected revenue of the product (or impact to revenue of new features)


Product pricing (or new pricing based on added functionality)

Key objectives and metrics

Desired long-term impact of your product or new feature set — including metrics for success



Get started with MRD templates

Below are both cloud-based and downloadable MRD templates to choose from. As you build your MRD, keep it concise — remember its purpose is to identify opportunities to stay competitive and meet customer needs. Make sure it is accessible to stakeholders and easily editable for any ongoing modifications.

This first template is a note template in Aha! software. (You can use it alongside 100+ note and whiteboard templates when you start a free trial.)

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This next template comes as a Word or PDF document. Customize it to fit your needs.

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The template above is a good start for smaller teams. If you find that you are looking for a more dynamic approach to defining market requirements, try using purpose-built product development software — where you can set product strategy, define customer personas, capture feedback, and update documentation all in one place. Then, it is easy to connect it all to your product roadmap and day-to-day work.