In 1965 the psychologist Hadley Cantril wrote an article in which he described an intervention which he called The Cantril Self-Anchoring Striving Scale. This intervention can be seen as a forerunner of the what is now one of the most popular techniques of coaches: the scaling question. The scaling question became very popular with therapists and coaches through the work of Insoo Kim Berg, Steve de Shazer and their colleagues of the Brief Family Therapy Center, the originators of solution-focused brief therapy. They added important new elements to the scaling question. During the last decade the intervention has been refined further and its applications have become broader. Today, sc