As I said I'd just develop normally in that case.

Consistent shooting and printing is good, that way you don't need to do so many test strips and prints to get it right. That said, I still prefer multigrade paper so I can change the contrast when necessary either for effect or to rescue poorly shot or developed negatives.

I find metering to find the detail you want in the shadows is good. I'd much rather have dense highlights to deal with than featureless shadows.