Slow Is Smooth and Smooth Is Fast

March 5, 2021 · 1 min read

The U.S. Navy SEALs have the saying “slow is smooth, and smooth is fast”.

I love this quote, as it applies nicely to software projects!

It is a reminder to not ignore the fundamentals.

The quality drastically declines the faster you want to become. You can't push your body (or project) to move faster than you can execute. It may increase output, but not outcomes. Don't rush.

Start slow. You'll get faster with practice. When you take one step after the other, you're picking up pace as you go.

Don't jump to action. Find the right direction before getting up to speed.

It doesn't matter how many tasks you complete. What matters is their impact. You get more done when you decide what's important.

When you move slow you notice every move. When you move fast, you'll rush through it, learn less, and hide your errors.

Take the time to take things slowly.