The manual execution of tasks like creating a git branch, setting the pom-versions, committing the changed pom.xml to setup a feature-branch can be automated.
See my example project at https://github.com/markiewb/create-feature-branch-script-for-maven
Today there is only one short note about some updates I recently made to my NB plugins.
Both plugins are verified for 7.2/7.3 so they can be installed right away from within your IDE (using “Tools|Plugins|Available Plugins/Updates”).
For comments, bug reports or RFEs use the bugtracker at the respective project pages.