HP Sprinter: An Effective Way to Perform Manual Testing
Today, automation testing is the preferred choice in almost every QA department. However, there are areas where manual testing is considered ideal for determining the quality. In addition, manual testing has the ability to manage the dynamic nature of certain applications.
In spite of its wide usage, there are hardly any measures taken to improve the efficiency of manual testing. Today, manual testing possesses many challenges while measuring performance. In addition of being time-consuming and error prone, there are a few other challenges associated with it. Some of them are mentioned below.
- Requires repetitive steps
- Manual data entry
- No track history of test action
In order to ease the task of manual testing, HP has designed an effective tool, known as HP Sprinter or HP ALM/QC Sprinter.
Some of the advantages of using HP Sprinter are mentioned below.
- Easy to use and unobtrusive
- Visually capture and record test actions
- Automated data entry
- Automatically log exploratory testing
- Generate detailed test case
- Simultaneous testing
How to execute a basic test using HP Sprinter?
- You can select the Plan mode (Test Answering) or the Run mode (Test Execution), as shown below.
- In the Plan mode, click the ‘Open’ button and select ’Open HP ALM Test’ option from the dropdown, as shown below.
- Select any desired test. In the example given below, ‘Order a flight’ test has been selected.
- You can get access to the test details from the ‘Test workspace’, as shown below.
- The included design steps can be viewed by clicking ‘Steps’, as shown below.
- Click on the ‘Add’ button to add manual test steps, as shown below.
- Similarly, you can also include a screen shot after the description, as shown below.
- While going through the application, you can document test cases automatically. You can open the application window by clicking on step capture, as shown below.
- You can view all sprinter functionalities under the Run tab. The run can be initialized by clicking on the ‘Run’ button, as shown below.
- Tabs like Tools, Scanners, Macros, etc. are also available, as shown below.
- Under the ‘Smart Defect’ tab, you can add information related to defect scenario, as shown below.
- You can add test steps and screen capture to the defect description while submitting a defect, as shown below.
- In order to detect defects automatically, click on the ‘Scan’ button under scanners, as shown below.
- You can also inject pre-defined data automatically into the application, as shown below.
- Data gets injected as shown below.
- You can also test more than one environment simultaneously, as shown below.
- Once you have run the test, you can review the result in the storyboard, as shown below.