So I am about to hire a backend developer, and I've basically made a bunch of notes as to functionality, and broken them out page by page. Is there an 'industry standard' way of writing specs, like a particular format, that makes a developers life easier? I want to be able to give them the specs and have it be clear enough that we can avoid 99% of the mistakes.. Any insight?
Your current task of developing the functionality specs is absolutely critical. Congratulations for taking the time to focus on their development. You are correct that investing time now will save problems later.
There are no universal standards. Some developers love their viseo flow charts. Others like simple sentences. Others like spreadsheet where items are categorized for sorting.
What is important is that your developer knows what you mean -- and you know that the developer knows what you mean. Developing that clear communications so that there are no assumptions, no wiggle room, and "I thought you meants"
Jeff, when I look at a project the following items are required:
I would suggest using a variation of the above process that best fits your needs and budget.