How to Make Manual Testing More Efficient Using HP Sprinter

Today in this era of Automation Testing, almost in every QA testing departments’ automation is the first preference. But there are few QA departments where 70-80% of testing is carried out manually. Indeed, there are cases where quality is completely determined manually as no automation is carried out there.

One of the crucial reasons for companies to continue with the manual test is the inability of automation tools to cope with the changes that some application faces on regular basis. In certain cases, the only option left with QA is of manual testing.

Manual testing, the oldest form of testing, can be very laborious at times as it requires the tester to be very patient, creative, innovative, open-minded, skillful. The manual tester should have out of box thinking and always think them to be in customer’s shoes while testing the application.

Exploratory testing, as a part of manual testing, is the area where manual testers can analyze their capability to think out of the box.

In case of thorough testing of the application, manual testing plays a crucial role. During the initial development phase, smartness is to test the initial application developed manually rather than wasting time in writing test scripts.

While performing a manual test for any web application, desktop application or say mobile application, a manual test engineer is said to be working more effectively when tester can identify many critical, severe errors in the application within a short period of time.

Such skill to think out of the box is very important as often there is a time limit for every software development projects and within the limited time period, it is necessary to ensure the quality of the product/ application. “Time is Money

Often it is seen that we run for different tools to increase the test efficiency of an automated scripts. There are many tools available also to support almost every scenario but the reality is there are still many cases where some test cases can’t or say should not be automated. Reality is, with Automation testing, many a times testers keep on struggling between test scripts, test data, different apps to analyze test reports, tracking defects, etc resulting or creating lots of opportunities for mistakes like entering wrong test data, missing some steps in a test script, etc.

Much has been done to increase the efficiency of Automation Testing but in contrast, little has been done to improve the effectiveness of Manual Testing.

Let us talk about few factors which can be considered for making manual test engineer’s work more productive and manual testing more effective.

What You Will Learn:

Factors Making Manual Testing More Productive:

Manual Testing Challenges

Manual testing is on one hand very error prone, time consuming and laborious, while on the other hand, there are multiple challenges faced while performing manual testing. Enlisted below are few:-

The Solution

To attain both speed and quality, to increase effectiveness and efficiency of Manual testing, HP has introduced a manual software testing solution, known as, HP Sprinter, that speeds agile testing maximizing the impact of exploratory testing. HP Sprinter is often also referred as HP ALM/QC Sprinter.

Advantages of using HP ALM/QC Sprinter:

Key Features of HP ALM/QC Sprinter includes:

HP Sprinter download: You can download the trial version of HP Sprinter on this page.

Watch a short HP Sprinter demo video here:


Detailed Steps to Run a Basic Test Using HP Sprinter

Let us understand with multiple screenshots “How a basic test is run” using HP Sprinter.

1) Hp Sprinter has two modes: ‘Plan’ and ‘Run’. Plan mode for test answering and Run for test execution.

(Note: Click on any image for enlarged view)

2) Now, to open a test in HP Sprinter, first of all click on ‘Open’ button present in left panel and then select ‘Open HP ALM test’ from the dropdown.

In this below example,’Order a flight’ Test is selected.

3) Next screenshot describes ‘Test workspace’ which provides access to the test details that contains all the information.

4) Test ‘Steps’ contains the design steps that are included in test.

5) We can add any manual test steps also by clicking on ‘Add’ button. As you can see in below screenshot, step 6 is added on clicking ‘Add’ button.

6) After writing the step description, a screen capture can also be added to the step.

7) Using test sprinter, we can automatically document test cases as we navigate through the application. Click on step capture to open application window.

8) Under Run tab, where test execution is done, all sprinter functionalities are available as side bars. Click on Run button to initialize the run.

9) Tabs around applications are available like: Tools, Macros, Scanners and Run Control.

10) Defect Reporting: Sprinter enables to create detailed and documented details in add defect scenario information (under Smart Defect tab)

11) When we submit a defect, Sprinter can add test steps to the defect description; can also attach screen capture or movie of a test to a defect.

12) Can also edit the screen capture to further clarify the defect or help in validating the major elements in user interface to the developers using tools.

13) Sprinter can also automatically detect defects, Under scanners, click on scan when we are about to scan for the defect.

14) Data Injection: Testing application that contains all forms of many input fields may become tedious, time consuming and error prone. Data injection automatically injects pre- defined data into the application. This leads to huge time saving in tedious manual testing activity.

15) When we click the inject button, data is automatically injected into the form as is displayed in the application.

16) Data mirroring: Test multiple environments at the same time. Provides huge value to the customers by localization, different backend configurations.

17 ) After that detailed Run Report is created. Report includes the Run summary, all the steps that have been performed, submitted defects, and all the actions performed.

18 ) Another way to review run results is Storyboard.


Sprinter is an the easy to use desktop application, which increases speed of test case execution, cost reduction and improves productivity and ultimately helps in increasing the efficiency of manual testing.

Impact and effectiveness of exploratory testing is not only maximized by Sprinter but it also reduces time taken in completing test life cycle. It accelerates application delivery. Thus by including HP sprinter while performing manual testing for any application, manual test can be proved as a very efficient way of testing.

About the author: This is a guest post by Sushma S. She is having 4+ years of software testing experience and currently working as a Senior  Software Test Engineer in a MNC. She is having expertise in QA processes and manual testing with timely delivery against aggressive deadlines.

Let us know if you have any queries on using HP Sprinter.