One of the enhancements I have been working on will hopefully ease some of this burden by providing a "navigator" similar to the Eclipse Project Explorer, but designed specifically for Drools/jBPM projects (see below).
The tree structure is cached whenever a connection to the server can be established. This allows the view to be used in "offline" mode if the server is down or network connection is unavailable. When the server is available again, the viewer synchronizes its cache with the server.
Repositories are automatically cloned, and Projects are imported as they are requested by the user with a context menu action.
I'm still in the design/experimenting phase right now, so if there's a feature you'd like to see, or if you have suggestions for improving this interface please post your comments here.
You can also see a related post, showing my work on improving the wizards and runtime generation and configuration.