Quantum information processing requires fast manipulations of quantum systems in order to overcome dissipative effects. We propose a method to accelerate quantum dynamics and obtain a target state in a shorter time relative to unmodified dynamics, and apply the theory to a system consisting of two linearly coupled qubits. We extend the technique to accelerate quantum adiabatic evolution in order to rapidly generate a desired target state, thereby realizing a shortcut to adiabaticity. Further, we address experimental limitations to the rate of change of control parameters for quantum devices which often limit one’s ability to generate a desired target state with high fidelity. We show that an initial state following decelerated dynamics can reach a target state while varying control parameters more slowly, enabling more experimentally feasible driving schemes.