We are using Ant (a mix of command line, as well as through Atlassian Bamboo/AWS) to do sandbox-to-sandbox deployments. To narrow the focus of this question, let's assume unit tests are not being run.
We have compiled all classes/triggers through the web UI. Is there anything else that can be done at the org level to speed up these deployments? They do not take an unreasonable amount of time, but any time gained makes a small extra step worthwhile.
I've seen this question and this one as well, but they focus on Eclipse and prod deployments, and therefore introduce a factor of test execution time - my question is in regards to sandbox-to-sandbox quick deploys (no unit tests being executed) using Ant.