How to Create a SharePoint Custom List to Organize Your Product Management Duties

Attention all SharePoint users! Understanding the ins and outs to the software is essential to getting the most out of the product.


Building a SharePoint Custom List can be helpful for numerous reasons, from increased efficiency to improved organization, the custom lists offer an alternative and structured outlook on information.


In product management, lists are one of the best organizational tools we have. From making product lists to team lists, organizing tasks is essential to management success. SharePoint Custom Lists allow PMs to take full advantage of SharePoint’s great features, along with improving organizational and categorizing efforts to simplify things for their team members.


In this article, we will take a look at how to put together a list on your own through three simple steps. A list like this can be used in various ways, and includes many types of data from pictures, to dates, to calculations and more. It’s like the Buzz Lightyear of SharePoint, it really can go “to infinity and beyond.”


These lists can be used as calendars, blogs, announcements or discussion boards and users can add content to them whenever they please. They are fully customizable, ensuring a uniqueness to each and every list.


Step 1: Create a SharePoint Custom List from a List Template

To begin, go into Windows SharePoint Services and click ‘create’ on the all site content page. Then, depending on what kind of SharePoint custom list you want, you’ll have options such as ‘contacts’ or ‘calendar.’ The possibilities are endless, and you will be able to use your list in a myriad of different ways. Our main advice is to start simple and then move on to more complex lists once you’ve learned the lay of the land.


Step 2: Providing a Name and Description

Providing your list with a name and description are essential so you can distinguish it from others. The name can be anything you’d like, but make sure you give it an accurate description to set it apart from other lists.


Step 3: Adding Columns

It is time to add columns to your new list. How many, you may ask. You can add anywhere from one to 100 columns as needed. It’s completely up to you. As previously stated it really depends on how you want to use your list, and once you’ve decided, you will be able to determine how many see fit columns you should add.


After adding columns to your list, it will be ready for use.


Just like that you’ve created an incredibly versatile list to be used however you. Once you get the hang of creating a SharePoint Custom List you’ll be able to churn them out at a quick pace and reap the value from this new technique.


The lists can be made to be simple or complex, and include as many tweaking options and personalization features as you’d like.


Now that you know how to create custom lists with just a few clicks, there is no excuse not to start designing your lists immediately!


Mark is the Lead Author & Editor of Spectechular Blog. Mark established the Spectechular blog to create a source for news and discussion about some of the issues, challenges, news, and ideas relating to Product Management.