I think it would be fun to tailor nodeBB for project management. I was wondering how hard it would be to create an option that allows you to click the topic checkmarks once and have it immediately set the topic to a specific status, like completed. Maybe we can come up with multiple types of statuses for topics. What about the ability to change it to say tasks instead of topics and projects instead of categories? This should allow for effective management of a collection of subcategories (projects) displaying below parent categories (divisions). Everything you need right there on the home page. The goal is to get from a to b with the fewest clicks possible. I wonder which theme would make it even more efficient.
What about making the topic or task creation process faster with the ability to click new topic, or some other method, and have it place the cursor right where the task is going to be displayed on the list, we type a heading, hit enter, done. Maybe we can have it drop down to the next row and allow you to quickly type the next topic. This way you can breeze through the project design phase and get to the details you need, which will be contained in the subtasks and any conversational details in the threads. The thread itself can simply be used for comments in case one of us runs into a problem on a particular task that person can start the conversation and @ the appropriate team members for help.
The concept is in its early stages but I think there is plenty of room for creativity here. Not a design change request, just the option to make the best forum software more versatile. I forgot to mention subtasks, crucial to be able to scale the project structure as much as you like. Anyway can't wait to hear your thoughts.