I installed m2eclipse in Eclipse and the pom editor is just excellent. You can do it graphically through a form based designer or you can hand code the xml. That aside there is a brilliant graph that it creates of all your dependencies and its sort of a family tree with which you can see who is calling what plugin etc etc. I am sure it is a visual representation of the mvn goal dependency:tree. It would be great if Intellij had a facility like that because its quite helpful!