1)I actually found that from about week 1 to week 9 my "comp maxes" were improving each week, and I hit lifetime PR's on the squat & deadlift, bench improved as well but I am coming back from a niggling shoulder injury. The last couple of weeks have been tough, earlier the weights flew up but now I am grinding a bit, and struggling to get near maxes I hit a cycle ago. Probably a combination of things, I got the flu and for 2-3 weeks I had to train 5 days straight without the Wednesday rest day, which made it tough recovery wise. I found that on sumo dead cycle, my deadlift stalled(I pull conventional) but my squat still improved, more hip strength I presume.
2) When ramping I just tried to beat the previous cycles max on "comp days", on the other cycles I was a bit more conservative to start as I hadn't trained some of the lifts seriously before eg Zercher squat, Floating deadlift, but was a bit more aggressive with the 2, 1 rep ramps once I had practiced a bit.
I have really enjoyed this programme, the frequency seemed to suit me and I will probably repeat again after 2-3 weeks of lighter training. I may take a deload week after week 6 next time to be fresher for last 2 cycles, depending on how I feel and got to have that middle week rest day as well.
Overall awesome programme,
hope that helps.