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At this stage, what should the project manager do to hold this resource?

A Negotiate with the director for the resource

Negotiation is a common technique used by project managers to acquire resources for a project. Ideally, the project manager would have first approached the director of engineering for approval, but at this stage, the best option was to attempt to negotiate with the resource’s manager. The project sponsor should not get involved in cases like this unless it is detrimental to the project.