The "rinse and repeat" process you are referring to is actually the process you use to determining film speed, in a way that will take into account your preferences, your metering technique and your equipment.
Once you dial that in, it is worthwhile starting to consider the Zone system.
Are you printing or are you scanning? I ask, because your printing procedure needs to be factored into the process.
I consider the Zone System to be essentially two parts. Visualization (or possibly Pre-Visualization, if you are a Minor White devotee), followed by careful metering paired with adjustments to development, in order to bring your vision into reality.
The development adjustments are sometimes rather unwieldy unless you are shooting sheet film.