Over the past couple years of leveraging CRM, I have found many great tools to simplify the process for working with CRM. Several months ago, I found a great tool to assist with modifying the ribbon. Before this tool, I had the wonderful privilege of going through all the XML to customize the ribbon. The CRM 2011 Visual Ribbon Editor can be found on CodePlex at the following link: http://crmvisualribbonedit.codeplex.com.
I am always curious what other great tools there are, so if you find one, let me know.