Slow Down to Go Fast

Scrum Teams: Slow Down, to Go Fast Later

Slow Down to Go Fast — Lessons Learned Shipping Bing Voice Search on Xbox
“Are you the tortoise or the hare? Many software teams today practice “rapid development” techniques, and while it is true that some practices and methods produce results more quickly than others, slowing down and (potentially) building less, leads to higher quality and efficiency gains in the long run. At Microsoft, “Slow down to go fast” was the mantra of the Xbox voice search team, who took on the persona of the “tortoise” to successfully deliver on our objectives with high quality. By adhering to the principles of Agile while being agile in our methodologies and practices, the team found a flexible but structured framework to work within. Here we describe what went well and what we learned, with a focus on slowing down to go fast producing early-cycle – and ultimately shipping – quality.”

Sometimes you just have to slow down to go faster.

Slowing Down to Go Fast


Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective PeopleĀ®
“be proactive
begin with the end in mind
put first things first
think win-win
seek first to understand and then to be understood
sharpen the saw”



Pyrrhic victory, hollow victory, Cadmean victory
“A Pyrrhic victory is a victory that inflicts such a devastating toll on the victor that it is tantamount to defeat. Someone who wins a Pyrrhic victory has been victorious in some way. However, the heavy toll negates any sense of achievement or profit. Another term for this would be “hollow victory””