There are no better shortcuts than a very good study but there’s a tip which can help you to get a bit of speed.
Have you ever tried to figure out what available methods you can use from a customer model in Magento?
You need to add a configuration page for your feature that you added and the proper way would be to add a menu in the System > Configuration and the question is how to do that as fast as possible?!
The end result should look like this: